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Sinn Féin meet with Health Trust over winter pressures

7 November, 2018 - by Pat Sheehan

A Sinn Féin delegation has met with senior directors from the Belfast Trust yesterday to discuss its preparations for dealing with winter pressures on the health service.

Commenting after also meeting with staff in the Emergency Department Control Centre and the Discharge Lounge in the Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH) party health spokesperson Pat Sheehan said: 

"We had a very useful discussion with directors of the Belfast Trust on its winter resilience plan which outlined the different initiatives the Trusts are taking to mitigate the pressures of winter time.

"These measures include consultant-led triage in the Emergency Department which should decrease the time it takes for the assessment of patients.

"The capacity of domiciliary care and community hubs will also be enhanced so that patients clinically fit for discharge from hospital can return home or to the community where possible.

"I, along with my MLA colleagues Órlaithí Flynn and Colm Gildernew also visited and engaged with RVH staff in the Control Room which only became operational this year.

"The Control Room coordinates the flow of patients on hospital sites and uses data to predict periods of high demand.

"It also helps staff to identify and resolve issues causing delay to patients and maximise capacity in the system, including the capacity in other hospital sites around Belfast.

"This will be the Control Room's first full winter season and will play an important role in addressing pressures over the coming months.

"We will continue to engage with the Trust to ensure every effort is made to meet the needs of patients over the winter period."

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