A&E at Royal Victoria Hospital under pressure

09/01/2014

Belfast Trust's emergency department at RVH experienced extreme pressures yesterday and as a result we declared it a Major Incident. This is a mechanism we use to call in extra staff at short notice to deal with particularly difficult situations.

Our staff dealt professionally and quickly with a difficult situation and within a few hours had rectified the situation. We would like to pay tribute to the staff who work in such a challenging and demanding environment. They work under significant pressure and at all times put the needs of our patients first.

While we fully understand how frustrating long waits can be for patients and recognise that the situation was not ideal, all steps were taken to ensure patients were safely cared for.