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Service Pressures

The following update provides a regional overview of the current pressures and challenges across the HSC System in Northern Ireland.

The information is taken from a live, operational dashboard and only provides a snapshot of Emergency Departments at a particular point in time. Therefore, as the situation in Emergency Departments is very dynamic, the information cannot and should not be taken as the definitive position.

Number of Patients in Emergency Departments

Snapshot Position at 12pm, 30 May 2024

Trust Hospital 0-4 hours Over
4 – 8 hours
Over
8 – 12 hours
Over
12
hours
Total Waiting in Emergency Department Number of Patients Waiting for Admission to a Hospital Bed (DTA) ED Attendances
midnight on 28th
to
midnight on 29th
Belfast MATER 22 6 0 13 41 13 125
Belfast RVH 51 11 11 35 108 36 218
Belfast Belfast Total 73 17 11 48 149 49 343
Northern ANTRIM 59 5 4 37 105 40 281
Northern CAUSEWAY 26 4 2 31 63 33 125
Northern Northern Total 85 9 6 68 168 73 406
South Eastern ULSTER 111 10 6 32 159 33
South Eastern South East Total 111 10 6 32 159 33  
Southern CRAIGAVON 47 11 5 49 112 46 257
Southern DAISY HILL 34 2 1 9 46 10 172
Southern Southern Total 81 13 6 58 158 56 429
Western ALTNAGELVIN 36 4 3 43 86 47 178
Western SWAH 26 2 1 16 45 20 130
Western Western Total 62 6 4 59 131 67 308
Regional Position Regional Total 412 55 33 265 765 278 1486

Thank you for your cooperation.

  • Please note that due to the current switchover to the new encompass system, SET’s ED figures are temporarily unavailable
  • The information is not updated on weekends or Bank Holidays.
  • Information provided relates to Type 1 sites only. Type 1 departments are defined as those with a consultant-led service with designated accommodation for the reception of emergency care patients, providing both emergency medicine and emergency surgical services on a round the clock basis.
  • In Emergency Departments, the sickest and most critically injured patients will be prioritised. People with less serious conditions unfortunately may have to wait longer to be seen, treated, and either discharged or admitted to a hospital bed. Please consider other services, including Urgent Care Centres (which are now running in RVH in Belfast and Downe Hospitals), Minor Injury Units, GP Out of Hours, or your own GP.  Pharmacists now also have additional services in place and can also offer advice and treatment for common conditions and refer patients to other healthcare professionals as appropriate.
  • These figures do not include Urgent Care & Phone First attendances

ED Pressures – Weekly Indicators

Weekly Position: Friday 17 May 2024 – Thursday 23 May 2024
(Updated every Monday at approximately 4pm)

Trust Hospital ED Attendances Number of Waits > 12hrs % of Waits <4 hrs Non-Elective Admissions
Belfast MATER 916 158 45% 47
Belfast RVH 1,545 496 18% 97
Belfast BCH 100
Belfast RBHSC 927 8 61% 613
Belfast Belfast Total 3,388 662 37% 857
Northern ANTRIM 1,936 318 41% 419
Northern CAUSEWAY 1,011 151 51% 178
Northern Northern Total 2,947 469 44% 597
South Eastern ULSTER  
South Eastern South East Total        
Southern CRAIGAVON 1,623 358 43% 393
Southern DAISY HILL 1,143 152 52% 169
Southern Southern Total 2,766 510 47% 562
Western ALTNAGELVIN 1,287 221 38% 297
Western SWAH 823 95 49% 144
Western Western Total 2,110 316 42% 441
Regional Position Regional Total 11,211 1,957 42% 2,457

Weekly Position: Friday 10 May 2024 – Thursday 16 May 2024

Trust Hospital ED Attendances Number of Waits
> 12hrs
% of Waits
<4 hrs
Non-Elective Admissions
Belfast MATER 836 157 34% 50
Belfast RVH 1,475 533 19% 101
Belfast BCH 129
Belfast RBHSC 907 3 68% 590
Belfast Belfast Total 3,218 693 37% 870
Northern ANTRIM 1,949 367 37% 447
Northern CAUSEWAY 987 140 52% 208
Northern Northern Total 2,936 507 42% 655
South Eastern ULSTER  
South Eastern South East Total        
Southern CRAIGAVON 1,724 406 39% 432
Southern DAISY HILL 1,125 137 46% 179
Southern Southern Total 2,849 543 41% 611
Western ALTNAGELVIN 1,296 256 38% 325
Western SWAH 752 121 46% 127
Western Western Total 2,048 377 40% 452
Regional Position Regional Total 11,051 2,120 40% 2,588

1 To be seen, treated, and either discharged or admitted to a hospital bed.

Please note that due to the current switchover to the new encompass system, SET’s ED Attendances figures are temporarily unavailable

  • Information provided relates to Type 1 and Type 2 ED sites. Type 1 departments are defined as those with a consultant-led service with designated accommodation for the reception of emergency care patients, providing both emergency medicine and emergency surgical services on around the clock basis. Type 2 departments are consultant-led service with designated accommodation for the reception of emergency care patients, but do not provide both emergency medicine and emergency surgical services and/or has time-limited opening hours.

[Source: Strategic Planning and Performance Group, DoH]