‘Help us to help you over winter months’ says Trust

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Monday, November 13th, 2017
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Winter is fast approaching and the Southern Trust is asking for the public’s co-operation during what is expected to be a difficult and challenging period for local health and social care services.

Trust Medical Director, Dr Richard Wright explained to Newry Times about why this winter is expected to be particularly challenging.

 

 

“We have one of the fastest growing populations in Northern Ireland (particularly older people and children) and the number of people coming to our Emergency Departments during the winter months is increasing.

“There has been a sharp rise in recent years in the number of patients who need admitted to hospital at winter with complex health issues associated with an ageing population.

“Higher levels of Flu and vomiting and diarrhoea are more likely in winter which increases pressure for hospital beds and impacts on staffing levels. Recruiting staff is increasingly challenging and despite our best efforts, we expect this to be an issue over the winter period as it will have an impact on the services we are able to provide.”

 

 

“Higher levels of Flu and vomiting and diarrhoea are more likely in winter which increases pressure for hospital beds and impacts on staffing levels. Recruiting staff is increasingly challenging and despite our best efforts, we expect this to be an issue over the winter period as it will have an impact on the services we are able to provide.”

“Whilst we have measures in place to cope with rising number of patients and our staff will always do everything they can to treat everyone as quickly and safely as possible, we do need the people using our services to help us so that we are better able to help them.

Dr Wright added, “This Trust and others continue to face serious pressures particularly at winter time and the best long-term way to counter these pressures is transformation of services across the health and social care sector in Northern Ireland.”

 

 


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