Increase in waits in emergency wards

Royal A&E There has been an increase in waits at A&E departments

There has been an increase in the number of people waiting to be seen in some Northern Ireland A&E departments.

From Monday to Tuesday, the Ulster Hospital in Dundonald had a 29% increase in the number attending its A&E, compared to this time last year.

There were 13 people on trolleys on Tuesday for more than 12 hours, the South Eastern Health Trust said.

The Belfast Trust has also confirmed the Mater and Royal hospitals have a higher than normal number of patients.

While 371 turned up at both departments on Monday an additional 100 patients arrived by ambulance.

The BBC understands that at one stage on Monday night up to six emergency vehicles were queued at the doors of the Royal waiting to deliver patients and four had to sit for more than an hour-and-a-half.

Mary Hinds, the director of nursing from the Public Health Agency, said that it had been an extremely busy weekend, but the hospitals were doing their best to cope and eliminate 12-hour waits.

"We're in a better position today than we were last year," she said.

"I have a small team who are in the Ulster hospital working along staff there to help ease the pressure as best we can."

More Northern Ireland stories

RSS

Features

  • Peaky Blinders publicity shotBrum do

    Why is the Birmingham accent so difficult to mimic?


  • Oliver CromwellA brief history

    The 900-year-story behind the creation of a UK parliament


  • Image of Ankor Wat using lidarJungle Atlantis

    How lasers have revealed an ancient city beneath the forest


  • ShakespeareBard taste? Watch

    Are trailer videos on social media spoiling theatre?


  • Agents with the US Secret Service, such as this one, are responsible for guarding the presidentHard at work

    White House break-in adds to Secret Service woes


BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.