'˜Major incident' declared at Altnagelvin earlier this week

A '˜major incident' was declared at Altnagelvin Area Hospital's emergency department on Monday.

Altnagelvin Hospital.
Altnagelvin Hospital.
Altnagelvin Hospital.

The Western Health and Social Care Trust (W.H.S.C.T.) confirmed the ‘major incident’ arose as a direct result of large numbers of patients.

A spokesperson for W.H.S.C.T. said the incident was “stood down” within hours.

“The Trust [W.H.S.C.T.] activated its business continuity measures before Christmas and this supported the Trust’s operation through the outbreak of Norovirus.

“(Monday) January 2 2017 proved a particularly difficult and challenging day and the emergency plan was enacted for a period of time to deal with a pressurised period in our ED (emergency department).

“This measure was stood down shortly afterwards.”