28/06/2016

Concerns Raised Over Staffing Levels At Antrim Area Hospital

Concerns have been raised over the staffing levels at Antrim Area Hospital's emergency department, according to a review by the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA).

Following a number of unannounced inspections, commissioned by the Health Minister, the RQIA said it was concerned about personnel levels.

RQIA's Acting Chief Executive, Dr David Stewart, said: "In each area inspected, we noted caring, sensitive and insightful staff, who anticipated the care needs of their patients.
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"In the Emergency Department, inspectors noted a number of issues of concern. The ED was particularly busy at the time of the inspection, and we considered that the nursing levels were not always sufficient for the number of patients being cared for.

"We observed that at times of pressure the processes to promote flow of patients throughout the ED did not work effectively. RQIA has recommended improvements in areas including management of medications; patient documentation; and the provision of meals for patients in ED."

The RQIA has requested the Northern Trust to respond to the review within four weeks.

(CD/JP)

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