Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 21 August 2014

Operations postponed at Northern Ireland hospitals as number of fractures soar

The number of people requiring emergency treatment for broken bones during the recent freezing weather has led to the suspension of orthopedic operations at hospitals across Northern Ireland.

Some elective orthopedic procedures were put on hold as doctors treated the high number of people needing treatment after slipping on ice.

In the Belfast Trust, the Royal Victoria and Mater Hospitals both saw a sharp increase in the number of people who were admitted after slipping in the icy weather.

The trust confirmed that 53 planned operations have been postponed to allow staff to treat the increased number of fracture patients.

In the Southern Health Trust, 13 patients due to have elective orthopedic surgery have had their operations postponed. And at Antrim Area Hospital, in the Northern Trust, 97 patients were treated for fractures between January 4 and 11.

In the South Eastern Trust there has been a 70% increase in the number of patients with broken bones.

The Western Trust has also said is dealing with “an unprecedented level of patients requiring surgery for complex fracture injuries sustained as a result of slips and falls” during the icy weather.

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