Dozens waiting for admission at Altnagelvin A&E in Derry

The Western Trust has advised that almost 40 people are currently waiting to be admitted at Altnagelin Hospital’s Emergency Department this evening (Wednesday).

In a post the Trust said that both ther Derry and Enniskillen A&E departments were witnessing high numbers of patients presenting.

“Both our Emergency Departments at Altnagelvin Hospital and South West Acute Hospital are extremely busy this afternoon. There are:

* 98 people in Altnagelvin ED and 53 in South West Acute Hospital ED

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* 39 people awaiting admission to Altnagelvin and 16 to South West Acute Hospital.”

The Trust has advised people of the protocols in place.

“If your situation is life-threatening, a medical or mental health emergency, call 999 immediately or proceed straight to your nearest Emergency Department.

”For all other urgent medical matters, Phone First on 0300 020 6000”