With no free beds obtainable inside, a hospital in Northern Eire resorted to treating sufferers behind ambulances pulled up at its automobile park, a medical official mentioned, because the well being service struggles amid the pandemic.
Northern Eire is witnessing a spike in Covid-19 instances after it exited lockdown final week. Hospital capability throughout the area reached 104 p.c on Tuesday, based on native authorities.
Queues of ambulances have been noticed exterior emergency departments throughout the nation, with the worst state of affairs being within the Mid and East Antrim districts.
A line of greater than a dozen ambulances – nonetheless with engines on to maintain the sufferers aboard heat – was filmed exterior Antrim Space Hospital.
“We’re offering care within the automobile park,” Wendy Magowan, medical director of the Northern Well being and Social Care Belief, which runs the native hospitals, confirmed to BBC Radio Ulster.
“Various levels of in poor health sufferers” have been offered care by docs “behind ambulances,” on account of there being no room contained in the hospital, she mentioned.
“I’ve by no means seen something like this earlier than in my life,” Magowan added. Nevertheless, she insisted sufferers had been “protected” contained in the ambulances.
Native residents had been informed to not attend the emergency departments of Antrim Space Hospital and close by Causeway Hospital, however to verify capability at different medical services by cellphone.
The information comes a day after the heads of Northern Irish healthcare trusts warned that the coronavirus was placing the healthcare system below “insufferable pressures.” Northern Eire has to date registered greater than 58,600 confirmed Covid-19 instances and virtually 1,130 deaths because of the virus.
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