In my work and illness I have witnessed this ward, this was brought to the attention of the NSHCT in a board room meeting, it was said it is part of the elderly pathway into hospital. Surly we can find a better pathway for our elderly that does not include leaving them laying on trolleys in corridors. Human dignity is left at the door of the A&E and the rights to be treated equally as others across Northern Ireland is left hidden behind a curtain
This corridor is also the entrance where every ambulance delivery is taken.
This type of practice is a disgrace and should be banned, where is the health infection control, fire safety in this so call pathway?
Below is an Assembly Question, as answered by Edwin Poots
Antrim Area Hospital Admissions
Mr McClarty asked the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, in relation to the performance figures on emergency care published by his Department, to detail the number of patients at the Antrim Area Hospital admitted to the (i) short stay ward; (ii) clinical decision ward; and (iii) corridor ward located outside the clinical decision ward, between 1 September 2011 and 30 April 2012. (AQW 12478/11-15)
(i) Between 1 September 2011 and 30 April 2012, 614 patients left the Antrim Area Hospital Emergency Department to be admitted to the short stay ward.
(ii) The ‘clinical decision ward’ within the Antrim Area hospital, closed in June 2011.
(iii) There is no ‘corridor ward located outside the clinical decision ward’ within the Antrim Area Hospital.