Extra nurses called amid A&E pressure

Extra nurses called amid A&E pressure

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.Belfast Trust saying it's hearing that A and E's throughout Northern Ireland are having similar problems with long waits for patients— Aideen Kennedy (@Aideen_UTV) May 6, 2014


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