January 2014 was a highly critical month for acute care in Northern Ireland, with the Royal Victoria Hospital In Belfast being highly criticized.
A new 24 bedded ward opened in July 2013
NEONATAL CARE IS CRUCIAL TO IMPROVING THE LIVES OF BABIES BORN TOO SOON, TOO SMALL OR TOO SICK – POOTS
That will be the message from the Health Minister as he formally opens the 8th International Neonatal Nursing Conference today, at the Waterfront Hall, Belfast. http://www.northernireland.gov.uk/index/media-centre/news-departments/news-dhssps/news-dhssps-september-2013/news-dhssps-060913-neonatal-care-is.htm
Despite this being the message from the Health Minister there are already serious doubts cast on the provision of neo natal services in the Northern Health & Social Care Trust, as previously reported by Save The Mid
New Neonatal Unit Antrim is too small by RQIA standards - Fears are already sparked before the provision of a new neonatal unit at Antrim Hospital, The Northern Health & Social Care Trust board have passed a new neonatal care unit that will be too small in regards to RQIA standards.
"Antrim Hospital is still in a state of escalation, this has been since December 2012, Mary Hinds stated at Trust Board meeting that new A&E will not slove the current A&E crisis in Antrim" Save The Mid
Antrim A&E still failing to see 95% of patients in under 8 hours in A&E, DHSSPS target is 95% of patinets should be admeitted or discharged in under 4 hours
Dr Adam Nowak had his medical registration suspended until the substantive direction takes effect, or until such time as the outcome of any appeal is decided follow facing a fitness to practice panel over the treatment of 3 patients at Antrim Area Hospital in 2010, the panel made its final ruling on the 11th April 2013.
According To The Recent Northern Trust Performance Report, 82 Operations Were Called Off On The Day The Operation Was Due To Take Place. Two Tirds Of These Was Due To No Bed Being Available For The Patient
In a freedom of information released to Save The Mid it shows that since 2009 there have been 1,647 death in A&E's in Northern Ireland, the top worst 3 A&Es are:
One of the main aims of this FOI was to determine if there was a material change in the amount of reported A&E deaths following changes in A&E.
This was found to be true in the removal of A&E services from Mid Ulster & Whiteabbey Hospitals in 2010 and Belfast City Hospital in Nov 2011.
The study also found high death rates in A&Es where perfomance has not been a focal issue, for the last full year, 2012, the worst ranking A&E's in Northern Ireland for death rates were (per 10,000 attendances):
On Wed 22nd May the Turnaround Team that recently reviewed Antrim Area Hospital will be giving evidence to the Health Committee, Save The Mid will be aiding MLA's in questioning the turnaround team.
For more information or pre-release information on this study contact Hugh , email@example.com, the full study on A&E deaths will be released on the 22nd May 2012.
Save The Mid have an ongoing patient survey into Antirm Hospital and the blocking of fire exits, this survey can be found via the Save The Mid website http://savethemid.weebly.com/antrim-area-hospital---survey.html . It has already received 38 responses although the time period I am letting it run has not expired. One comment already form the survey that I can give you to reference is below, outside of the medical care that patients need in hospital to feel degraded like this for being a patient is unacceptable :
5. Can you comment generally about your stay? E.g Where beds were placed, the amount of patients in the ward, staff etc..
"I was put in the bed covering the fire exit. There were 4 other patient around me in normal beds, I did not have a curtain for any privacy, I felt ashamed of myself as everyone else could see me in my condition. The nurses were so helpful especially when I had to go to the toilet, if not for them I would have wet myself and had to lay in public view for everyone to see."
More trolleys no solution to A&E crisis
A news article from Irish Nursing and Midwives organisation is highly critical of placing extra trollys in wards when A&E's are full.
Also see - Escalation Of Antrim A&E led to Fire Escapes Being Blocked With Trolleys
This practice was widely used in Antrim area Hospital post the Rutter & Hinds review in 2012, with Mary Hinds from that review now taking charge of the health trust can the public be fully satisfied that improvements will be made within the trust.
The decision by management at the Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Limerick to place multiple trolleys on medical wards in recent weeks, as a response to accident and emergency department overcrowding, was described by Dave Hughes, Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation deputy general secretary, as "abandonment by HSE management at local and national level, of patients and staff both in emergency departments and medical wards".
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