In light of the current information being submitted about Antrim Area Hospital, Save The Mid will be calling for the Health Minister to recommend that the Northern Health & Social Care Trust assess these recommendations with the view of implementing them.
The state of acute emergency care has floundered since the removal of acute services at the Mid Ulster Hospital, yet this is no surprise at this was pre-warned. Each and every local MLA also knew of these dangers, it is time they fought for Mid Ulster and the services that were once in place to save our lives.
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1. Mid Ulster hospital to have its statues of 9am to 11pm A&E restored, with ambulance bypass protocols from 2006 brought into effectiveness.
2. Minor Injury status to be introduced from the hours of 11pm to 9am, a bypass protocol will need to be developed with the NHSCT and NIAS.
3. Doctor on call based in Moneymore to provide backup cover for the A&E and Minor Injury Unit.
4. The High Dependency Unit to be bedded and re-staffed in order to receive, if any, patients admitted from A&E.
5. The decision to remove the High Dependency Unit to be question by the Health Committee as the risk assessment in 2006 specifically states this unit to remain as part of the critical care network.
6. Ward 2 to be restored, this will alleviate bed pressures at other network hospital’s & also provide beds for those admitted from A&E.
7. Ward 3 to be restored, the current plan to close Thompson house will leave a major bed shortage across the each Health Trust, Ward 3 to be reopened for these patients. Having these patients in Ward 3 will also combat the pressure on services such as NIAS to deliver patients for Xray scans.
8. Thompson house to gain several consultant based clinics that are ear marked to be placed in the main hospital building, with the consultants also being rotated as cover for the A&E and High Dependency Unit.
9. That Dr Maurice Hayes is made available for questioning by the Health Committee on Developing Better Services.
10. For every manager or director involved in the rundown of services to be prevented from taking part in any further review into health in Northern Ireland.
See below document for full report that was submitted to John Compton, Edwin Poots and the Northern health 7 Social care Turst