Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

18 patients facing a wait for beds

Eighteen people were last night waiting to be admitted to wards at Antrim Area Hospital, it has emerged.

The news comes as the Northern Trust responded to harsh criticism after a 90-year-old woman had to wait on a trolley in a corridor for almost a day.

SDLP Deputy Leader Patsy McGlone called for immediate action.

“A number of constituents have said relatives have been forced to spend time on trolleys after being admitted to wards from A&E.

“In one case, an elderly woman of 90 years of age, who suffers from dementia, had to spend 22 hours on a trolley in Antrim.”

A spokesman for the Trust said the situation — exacerbated by high levels of emergency activity — would be resolved without delay.

“We apologise to anyone who has had to wait for a bed at Antrim,” he said. “We have increased staffing levels and wish to give reassurance that patients waiting for beds are receiving good clinical care.”

He added: “We would appeal again to members of the public not to attend the emergency department unless really necessary.”

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