"Antrim A&E Still In Trouble Throws Doubt to The Turn Around Teams Ability To Turn Antrim A&E Performance Around" Save The Mid
"Antrim A&E Not Only Failed To See 95% of Patients In Under 4 Hours, It Failed To See 95% in Under 12 Hours" Save The Mid
"Criagavon A&E shows its performance is falling, 1/3 of all patients had to wait between 4-12 hours for treatment" Save The Mid
"Antrim and Ulster A&E's still at critical levels, 35% of all patients waiting over 12 hours in A&E during April 2013 waited in Antrim Area Hospital." Save The Mid
We are expecting the Turnaround Team from England to change our whole systems approach to the English model, recent news headlines will tell us that the English model does not work.
The Turnaround team is still in Antrim Hospital, it is time they were removed and a external independent investigation carried out as to why Antrim Hospital has suffered for many years.
Points Of Interest between April 2012 / April 2013:
- Attendance at Type one A&E's increased by 4.6%
- The amount of patients waiting over 12 hours increased by 48%
- The amount of patients waiting 4-12 hours increased by 38%
- The amount of patients treated in under 4 hours dropped 6.5%
"The major worry despite several reviews is the 300+% increase in patients waiting over 12 hours" Save The Mid
The ability of the Cuaseway to perform is directly related to capaity issues that exisit in the Northern Trust and Antrim Hospital Although it has not had to absorb as many patinets at Antrim hospital it is still a key acute facitly.
Usually one of the top performing A&E's has been showing signs of its performance dropping, Craigavon is a network Hospital for Mid Ulster residents post the removal or Mid Ulster A&E in 2010.
Edwin Poots £7 million White Elephant Investment Strategy Failed to Improve Antrim Area A&E Performance, Proving Former Chairman Jim Stewart was correct to speak out.
Despite extra nurses, extra consultants and all this extra money the performance is getting worse. Just shows that everything Jim Stewart said was correct. Poots cannot accept he is wrong. Nurses and doctors are being put under extreme stress working in an A/E department. The same information is now emerging from England.
However within this question it proves that none of the investments directly aided A&E performance and had a large focus on community services, the only staffing investment post Dec 2012 was £22,000 for 2 band 2 nurses. Indeed the funding is tipping on the actual problem with Antrim, its capacity. Instead of boosting capacity and staff within the Hospital to the standards that are required, Edwin Poots tired to bolster community services to get people out of hospital faster.
"With over 3,000 patients being readmitted to Antrim Hospital as emergency cases within 30 days of discharge over the space of a year, the question is are these people being discharged because they are better or to make room.?" Save The Mid
These issues are also compounding staff within the Trust, in a recent Human Resources report from the NHSCT it showed that there were 951
Psychosocial interventions for staff, 46% of which were due to stressful work schedule.
"181 NHSCT staff have attended Occupational Health for work related stress due to Stressful work schedule" Save The Mid
According to the Health Minister there is now a 6 month period in where the future of Causeway Hospital will be considered, with performances like this there should be no question that the Causeway Hospital should remain and that more emergency services are introduced to the Northern Trust area, with the Mid Ulster Hospital topping the list of facilities to be enhanced.
Notes to editor
Assembly Question - http://aims.niassembly.gov.uk/questions/printquestionsummary.aspx?docid=163930