December was a huge disappointment all round, considering the aim is to treat 95 per cent of visitors in under four hours. Staff at the Royal are overwhelmed, and this is in light of a mild winter where there was no virulent strain of flu to noticeably push up numbers.
These figures prove the City Hospital’s A&E is sorely missed.
What would happen if the Royal A&E was forced to close due to some sort of outbreak, even just for 24 hours to be deep cleaned? Where would that leave people? The Royal’s A&E is also a temporary building and I had stressed that the City shouldn’t have closed until at least the new RVH Critical Care build was complete.