Lagan Valley A&E Dept Changes Announced

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Patients can attend A&E at the Lagan Valley Hospital between 9am to 8pm daily.  The hospital will continue to admit patients in its normal pattern. There are no changes to any other service at Lagan Valley. The Board will continue to work with the Trust to see if improvements can be made to opening times.   A key priority for the Board has been to ensure emergency provision is available to the population in the greater Lisburn area. From Monday 1st  August 2011 the Emergency Department (A&E) at Lagan Valley Hospital will change from operating 24 hours a day to being open from 9am to 8pm daily, seven days a week. This is a temporary change due to a shortage of medical staff but the change is expected to be in place for a number of months. Efforts to recruit more doctors will continue. Patients can attend A&E at Lagan Valley Hospital as normal between the hours of 9am and 8pm. Outside these hours, the Lagan Valley A&E Department will be closed and patients should seek help/ advice at an alternative emergency facility. 24 hour Accident & Emergency departments are available in the: *  South Eastern Trust: Ulster Hospital (028) 9048 4511 *  Belfast Trust : –   Royal Victoria Hospital (028) 9063  2250, –   Belfast City Hospital (028) 9026 3877 –   Mater Hospital (028) 9074 1211 –   Royal Belfast Hospital For Sick Children (028) 9063 3755 *   Southern Trust : –   Craigavon Hospital (028) 3833 4444 –   Daisy Hill (Newry) (028) 3083 5000 *  Northern Trust:  Antrim Area Hospital (028) 9442 4548 The Accident & Emergency Department at the Downe Hospital will continue to open from 8am to 10pm  – Tel:  (028) 4461 3311. Please note that anyone requiring emergency attention after 8pm should ring 999. There are no changes to the Lagandoc GP Out of Hours Service – Tel:  (028) 9260 2204 A full Accident & Emergency Department will continue to operate at the Ulster Hospital, Dundonald, 24 hours a day – Tel:  (028) 9048 4511. Over the past few years, it has been increasingly difficult to recruit medical staff for Accident & Emergency departments. This has been a national problem across the UK. A number of factors are behind the staffing difficulties including unexpected absences, difficulties in obtaining suitably qualified locum doctor cover, reductions in the hours which medical staff can work because of the European Working Time Regulations and changes in clinical practice which have led to increasing specialisation. These factors have been well documented over the years. Although the Trust is considering a wide range of options for the future of emergency care at Lagan Valley Hospital in the longer term, the change to limited opening hours as an interim measure was chosen in order to address current recruitment difficulties.  The urgency of the current situation will not detract from this review and any associated public consultation regarding the longer term plans for Lagan Valley Hospital. The aim is to provide safe and effective care for all those who attend the Accident & Emergency Department at Lagan Valley Hospital.]]>

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