‘Toughest two weeks’ for years at Antrim Hospital
Thursday, 2 February 2017
ANTRIM Area Hospital is recovering from its 'toughest two or three weeks' for years, according to chief executive Dr Tony Stevens.
At the latest meeting of the Northern Health and Social Trust Board, Dr Stevens and chairman, Bob McCann, spoke of the extreme pressures experienced by Antrim Area over Christmas and New Year.
The period saw added pressure on the hospital's Emergency Department due to decreased bed availability before Christmas, an increase of ambulance arrivals and an increase in older people needing care.
Dr Stevens said that more people were staying in hospital longer because they were unfit to go home.
“Over the critical 19-day period we had over 100 additional ambulances attend Antrim Hospital," he said.
“We were riding well over 100% bed occupancy for at least 10 days and our staff came under significant pressure."
The meeting also heard that the hospital had to rent an additional 30 beds to meet demand.
*Read the full story in this week's Antrim Guardian
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