Northern Trust Pressures – Ballymoney Bubble

The chief executive of the Northern Health and Social Care Trust reassured on Monkeypox.

Speaking at a meeting of the Trust’s board of directors on Thursday morning, Jennifer Welsh told members that the Trust has “appropriate ways to manage presentations”.

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The Public Health Agency (PHA) has confirmed that a case of Monkeypox has been identified in Northern Ireland, but says it is “not unexpected following the presence of Monkeypox cases elsewhere in the UK”.

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The Trust’s Chief Executive also highlighted the continued pressures the Northern Trust is facing due to the Covid pandemic.

She reported that although the number of Covid patients is “much lower” and the absence of staff due to Covid and self-isolation is “reduce”the pressures continue and “remains a challenge”,

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Board Chairman Bob McCann described the pressures on the service as “meaningful and relentless”.

Neil Martin, the Trust’s Acting Divisional Director of Strategic Development, reported a ‘steady decline’ in the number of Covid patients at Antrim Hospital since the end of winter, which he said continues to decline at the moment. summer is approaching with a “similar position” at the Causeway Hospital in Coleraine.

He went on to say that the “most recent peak” at Causeway Hospital was in early April with a “handle” Covid patients in hospital right now.

“The impact of Covid on our services is still very significant”, he told the members.

Audrey Harris., Acting Director of Medicine and Emergency Medicine at the Trust, reported 11 Covid patients at Antrim Hospital and five at Causeway currently.

“We are still seeing large Covid presentations at front doors. Our Covid pod in Antrim remains busy for Covid assessment.

She noted that although staff absences are decreasing, there are still “hard”.

She reported an 11% increase in attendance at the Causeway emergency department.

“We are also seeing much sicker frail elderly patients who need to be admitted.”

She urged the community to understand the remaining requirement to wear masks in hospitals,

“It is TThe disease remains a complicated situation for us,” she stressed.

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