Ulster Hospital

Northern Ireland written question – answered on 25th January 2005.

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Photo of Sylvia Hermon Sylvia Hermon Shadow Spokesperson (Women), Shadow Spokesperson (Trade and Industry), Shadow Spokesperson (Culture, Media and Sport), Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average waiting time for treatment in the accident and emergency department at the Ulster Hospital was in each of the last (a) three months, (b) six months and (c) 12 months for which statistics are available.

Photo of Angela Smith Angela Smith Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Northern Ireland Office, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Northern Ireland Office)

The Ulster hospital is unable to calculate the average time waited by patients who received treatment in the Accident and Emergency department. However, the Trust has supplied the number of patients treated within the standard set for their priority categories (see the following).

There are five priority categories that patients who attend Accident and Emergency are assigned to:

Priority 1—to be seen by a doctor within five minutes

Priority 2—to be seen by a doctor within 10 minutes

Priority 3—to be seen by a doctor within 60 minutes

Priority 4—to be seen by a doctor within 120 minutes

Priority 5—to be seen by a doctor within 240 minutes

Number of patients treated in the Accident and Emergency Department at the Ulster hospital
Priority
1 2 3 4 5
(a) October-December 2004
Treated within standard 35 272 3,500 4,149 175
Not treated within standard 30 546 2,682 1,266 7
Total treated October- December 2004 65 818 6,182 5,415 182
(b) July-December 2004
Treated within standard 66 550 7,036 9,638 386
Not treated within standard 46 1,059 5,305 2,849 12
Total treated July- December 2004 112 1,609 12,341 11,487 398
(c) January-December 2004
Treated within standard 134 1,119 12,728 15,651 742
Not treated within standard 87 2,350 11,548 6,769 36
Total treated January- December 2004 221 3,469 24,276 22,420 778

Source:

Ulster Community and Hospitals HSS Trust

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