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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, 17 May 2024

Trust Hospital 0-4 hours Over 4 – 8 hours Over 8 to 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 15th to midnight on 16th
Belfast MATER 18 3 0 19 40 16 122
Belfast RVH 50 6 8 40 104 34 215
Belfast Belfast Total 68 9 8 59 144 50 337
Northern ANTRIM 44 2 2 44 92 51 269
Northern CAUSEWAY 27 2 0 28 57 26 143
Northern Northern Total 71 4 2 72 149 77 412
South Eastern ULSTER 94 5 10 42 151 43  
South Eastern South East Total 94 5 10 42 151 43  
Southern CRAIGAVON 40 4 7 42 93 47 225
Southern DAISY HILL 33 2 1 22 58 23 147
Southern Southern Total 73 6 8 64 151 70 372
Western ALTNAGELVIN 39 8 5 39 91 42 201
Western SWAH 22 4 4 9 39 13 112
Western Western Total 61 12 9 48 130 55 313
Regional Position Regional Total 367 36 37 285 725 295 1434

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 3 May 2024 – Thursday 9 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 849 167 38% 54
Belfast RVH 1,464 492 20% 109
Belfast BCH 126
Belfast RBHSC 910 2 64% 591
Belfast Belfast Total 3,223 661 38% 880
Northern ANTRIM 1,878 383 35% 417
Northern CAUSEWAY 1,026 128 51% 195
Northern Northern Total 2,904 511 40% 612
South Eastern ULSTER  
South Eastern South East Total        
Southern CRAIGAVON 1,639 358 38% 415
Southern DAISY HILL 1,162 138 50% 172
Southern Southern Total 2,801 496 43% 587
Western ALTNAGELVIN 1,311 251 33% 318
Western SWAH 792 98 47% 166
Western Western Total 2,103 349 40% 484
Regional Position Regional Total 11,031 2,017 40% 2,563

Weekly Position: Friday 26th April 2024 – Thursday 2nd 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 809 107 39% 41
Belfast RVH 1,498 458 23% 124
Belfast BCH 160
Belfast RBHSC 1,018 22 53% 577
Belfast Belfast Total 3,325 587 36% 902
Northern ANTRIM 1,970 361 36% 449
Northern CAUSEWAY 993 136 45% 199
Northern Northern Total 2,963 497 39% 648
South Eastern ULSTER  
South Eastern South East Total        
Southern CRAIGAVON 1,608 367 40% 424
Southern DAISY HILL 1,072 113 53% 161
Southern Southern Total 2,680 480 45% 585
Western ALTNAGELVIN 1,269 348 29% 293
Western SWAH 783 117 45% 160
Western Western Total 2,052 465 39% 453
Regional Position Regional Total 11,020 2,029 39% 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]