Ulster Hospital: Bed pressures 'worse than during Covid'
Emergency department situation 'worse than during Covid'
By Michael Fitzpatrick
BBC News NI
The current pressure on hospital beds is worse than it was during Covid, according to a senior manager at the Ulster Hospital in Dundonald.
Seaneen Pettigrew works in the hospital's discharge hub and her role is to free up beds by facilitating the discharge of medically-fit patients.
She said they were having difficulty securing care in the community for vulnerable patients leaving hospital.
Ms Pettigrew said demand for carers is currently outstripping supply.
We've more patients attending emergency department, we've more patients coming through the hospital and more patients with complex needs who are needing more support on discharge than maybe previously, she said.
BBC News NI was granted access to the hospital's discharge hub this week, as well as its emergency department.
On Wednesday afternoon, 135 patients were in the emergency department, with 50 of those waiting for admission to a ward.
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