Following urgent calls from United Voice for the Health Minister to address the increasing and unacceptable issue of ramping there has been a positive outcome. The Minister has written to the Chairs of all Health Services Boards instructing them to adhere to the Patient Centred Emergency Access Health Service Directive, including that patients arriving by ambulance be received into the appropriate emergency department treatment area and a clinical handover be completed within 30 minutes of arrival. Hospitals are to assume responsibility for overall patient care at the time of triage. While it’s hoped this directive will be adhered to if you do see continued ramping problems please be sure to report it via the United Voice App: http://ambulance.myunitedvoice.org/our_app.
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