Extra nurses called amid A&E pressure

Published Tuesday, 06 May 2014
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The Belfast Trust has said it experienced problems at both the Royal Victoria Hospital and the Mater Hospital on Tuesday night.

Extra nurses have been drafted in to cope with significant pressures in the A&E departments.

More beds have been opened up to help with the flow of patients coming into the hospitals - with reports that there were around 100 people waiting to be seen at the Royal's emergency room.

The Belfast Trust said A&E departments across Northern Ireland experienced problems on Tuesday evening.

Back in January a major incident was declared at the RVH after a backlog of patients caused trolley waits of up to 12 hours with extra staff having to be called in.

Health Minister Edwin Poots announced in March that 40 extra nurses were to be appointed at the hospital in Belfast, following an urgent review of staffing levels.

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John in crumlin wrote (166 days ago):
holly wise up you paranoid fool
realistic in planet earth wrote (167 days ago):
@holly - paranoid much? lol
Jaz in Belfast wrote (168 days ago):
What do they expect to hapen when they are not replacing the nursing staff that are leaving the hospital, to pursue a less stressful job elsewhere. Closing beds, then running around opening beds and not staffing the beds they are opening. I think staff need to speak out against these idiots and tell whats really going on in A &E and also the wards - which everyone seems to forget about!!!!
Ronniebhoy in Derry wrote (169 days ago):
How come we don't hear any of these problems, in big cities like Glasgow, Manchester, London & Dublin. Is it a case of money been wasted on other things. Ie Flag disputes, Protest camps etc.... Which could be better spend on dealing with healthcare.
pat in Belfast wrote (169 days ago):
The Belfast City Hospital A+E is still sitting vacant. Why not staff it? Only when the public have a need to go to A+E do they realise the sad state of affairs.It is up to all members of the public to make it known that there is an unacceptable lack of service in the greater Belfast area.
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