Emergency Department Downe Hospital - Christmas Arrangements

24/12/2019

Due to short term medical staffing issues there will be a change to the service provision at the Emergency Department (ED) in the Downe Hospital on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

The normal ED service will not be available but a Minor Injury Service will be available on both days from 9am-5pm, and both the Minor Injuries service and GP Out of Hours service will be able to admit patients into the hospital, as normal.  This reflects the weekend service currently available in the Downe.

The NI Ambulance Service is working with us to ensure acutely unwell patients are taken to the appropriate place for assessment and treatment.

The Trust would like to apologise for any inconvenience but we have made every effort to staff the department safely, and it was not possible to do so.   We wish to emphasise that this is a short term problem relating to short term medical staffing availability. We have not lost  any permanent staffing, as was the case in 2013, and we will be resuming normal service on 27 December.