A&E Departments Witness Improvement in Waiting Times

Accident-and-EmergencyAccording to recent updates, there has been an improvement in waiting times at A&E department. There has been exceptional decrease in the number of people who have to wait for more than 12 hours.

Earlier, the health ministry had aimed to discharge 95% patients. It was targeted that patients must be discharged after four hours of arrival for all hospital Emergency Departments in Northern Ireland. Antrim Hospital has been able to improve waiting times in past three months.

Findings of the report include Antrim Area Hospital's Emergency Department. Recent figures speak that in last three months, the number of people waiting over 12 hours at the hospital's Emergency Department has witnessed a dramatic drop. The number has dropped from 335 in April, 60 in May, to none in June.

Figures show that 62.8% waited four hours or under. In May, there were 75.3% and In June, the figure touched 77.8%. During this three-month period, 17,570 people attended the hospital's Emergency Department.

Shedding light on the Trust, Olive MacLeod, Director of Nursing and User Experience at the Northern Health and Social Care Trust said, "The Trust has worked with primary care colleagues to introduce a range of measures to reduce waiting times at our EDs and will continue to work with them to ensure that patients who need emergency treatment get access to this as quickly as possible".

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