Life support?

MORE than 1,100 people were forced to suffer 12-hour waits in Antrim Area Hospital’s Emergency Department in just three months, the latest figures have revealed.

The ailing Department of Health statistics give an insight into the struggling hospital ED’s attempts to cope, despite the fact it is not yet dealing with the maximum capacity that the £14.2m state of the art new build was designed to contend with.

In July, August and September alone, records show that there were 1,110 12-hour breaches - equating to 12 people every single day.

This is in stark contrast to the ministerial target that no patient should wait longer than 12 hours to be treated and discharged or admitted.

*Read the full story in this week’s Antrim Guardian

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