Holby City and Casualty are ‘partly to blame for some of Antrim A&E’s ills’
Thursday, 15 December 2016
ANTRIM Area Hospital is 'not Casualty or Holby City', according to top medics, frustrated by non-emergency patients presenting to the facility with minor ailments.
They say that the proliferation of people arriving in the Emergency Department with non-life threatening conditions is contributing to pressure on already-busy staff.
The ED is currently seeing a minimum of 200 people per day, sometimes up to 300, and according to Wendy Magowan, Divisional Director of Medicine and Emergency Medicine with the Northern Health and Social Care Trust, public perceptions need to change in order to alleviate the pressure on it.
Emergency Department Consultant Mark Jenkins said people need to be more realistic about their expectations.
“TV programmes like Holby City and Casualty do not help," he said.
*Read the full story in this week's Antrim Guardian
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