State of emergency

Emergency Department consultant Dr Fergal Dunn explains how the Causeway is leading a transformation that will likely be replicated in hospitals across NI. Though prompted by Covid the overhaul is long overdue.

State of emergency

Causeway Hospital

Peter Winter


Peter Winter


RADICAL transformation of overcrowded hospital emergency departments was required long before Covid struck.

But the extra pressures brought by the pandemic has, at last, prompted action from heath chiefs.

At the forefront of the overhaul is Causeway Hospital.

And with staff achieving near unanimous patient satisfaction ratings so far, a Province-wide roll-out seems inevitable.

At first glance the announcement of a ‘Phone First’ scheme, sounded like the death knell of the walk-in, open-all-hours EDs we've all grown up with.

But accessibility was at the expense of ever lengthening waiting times.

*Full story in this week's Chronicle*

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