Waiting time figures improve at Causeway Hospital

By Julie Magee


By Julie Magee



ATTENDANCES at Causeway Hospital's emergency department have continued to rise with 4,213 people seeking medical help in March alone, new figures have revealed.

Department of Health statistics show that in the same month the Coleraine hospital reported the highest percentage of patients (89.9%) commencing treatment within two hours of being triaged, while the Royal Victoria fared worst (60.6%).

Causeway also reported the shortest time to start of treatment during March 2019 with 95 per cent of attendances commencing treatment within two hours 44 minute of being triaged, 46 minutes less than the time taken in March 2018 (3 hours 30 minutes).

Province-wide the Royal Victoria and the Ulster hospitals were the busiest emergency departments during March.

Patients having to wait more than 12 hours in Causeway's emergency department fell from 197 in March 2018 to 59 in March this year.

And the Coleraine hospital reported the second best performance of any Type 1 ED against the four-hour target (73.6%), compared with 66.2% in March 2018.

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