Widespread concerns over the loss of the Intensive Care Unit at Causeway Hospital prompted local MLA Maurice Bradley to write to the Health Minister over the weekend.
Speaking to Causeway Coast Community the MLA said “I was contacted by a member of staff at Causeway Hospital on Friday evening over concerns that the hospital was to lose its Intensive Care Unit under emergency measures dealing with the Covid-19 outbreak.
“Not one to be an alarmist, information then subsequently surfaced through social media supposedly from a former senior member of staff at Causeway on Sunday evening, and of course, the proposals, either fact or rumour were now widespread and required clarification.”
In a statement to Mr Bradley this morning a trust spokesperson said “The Emergency Department at Causeway will continue to operate as normal and the hospital will also continue to maintain a critical care service (ICU) to support the provision of emergency and acute services, including much of the Northern Trust’s red flag cancer surgery.
“During the COVID-19 surge period, if a patient requires mechanical ventilation they will be stabilised and safely transferred to Antrim Area or another critical care Unit within the Northern Ireland Critical Care Network.
This is a temporary arrangement and reflects the limited anaesthetic medical and ICU nursing workforce in Causeway and the fact that other hospitals such as Antrim Area have been specifically set up to deal with such cases.”