Report flags up concerns on Antrim Hospital

Antrim Area Hospital
Antrim Area Hospital

A number of measures to improve the standard of care at one of Northern Ireland’s main hospital emergency departments (EDs) have been recommended following a surprise inspection by the regulatory authority.

A team of inspectors from the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) visited Antrim Area Hospital in October but have just published their report.

Overall they found staff “caring, sensitive and insightful”, however RQIA’s acting chief executive Dr David Stewart said his team “highlighted a number of issues in relation to variations in practice in infection prevention and control and record keeping” and recommended improvements on management of medications; patient documentation; and the provision of meals for patients in ED.

Director of Nursing for the Northern Trust, Olive MacLeod, said: “We have taken this review seriously and have an action plan in place following the initial feedback in October.”