Altnagelvin Hospital Statistics: 69,883 patients cared for in 2014/15

Altnagelvin Hospital
Altnagelvin Hospital
  • 69,883 patients cared for in 2014/15
  • Average length of stay 3.8 days
  • 2,838 babies delivered

The Altnagelvin Hospital area provided medical care to just under 70,000 people from April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015, according to a report published by the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS).

The report is called Hospital Statistics: Inpatient and Day Case Activity Statistics 2014/15 and details information on available beds, occupied beds, occupancy rates, average length of stay, theatre activity and hospital births in all health trust areas in the North.

The Altnagelvin Hospital area includes Altnagelvin Hospital, Grangewood, Lakeview Hospital and the Waterside Hospital.

In total, 69,883 inpatients and day case patients received medical care in the Altnagelvin Hospital area in the year ending March 31, 2015.

Of the total number of people who availed of medical care 36,254 were inpatients and 33,629 were day case patients.

An inpatient is a person admitted to hospital whilst a day case is a patient admitted electively during the course of a day with the intention of receiving care who does not require the use of a hospital bed overnight and who returns home as scheduled.

The average number of beds available in the Altnagelvin area in 2014/15 was 480.8 and the average number of beds occupied for the same period was 375.5.

The average length of stay for an inpatient in 2014/15 was 3.8 days.

In 2014/15 the Altnagelvin Hospital area had the second highest number of urgent cases (2,267) requiring operations; the highest being Craigavon with 3,438.

The number of patients who received maternity and child health care in the Altnagelvin Hospital area for 2014/15 was 5,951 and the average length of stay was two days.

There was an average of 50.4 beds available to maternity and child health patients in 2014/15 and the average number of beds occupied was 33.4.

Altnagelvin delivered 2,838 babies in the period for 2014, of which 2,825 were live births whilst the remaining 13 were still births.

Of the 2,838 babies born in Altnagelvin during this time 2,342 were born in consultant-led units whilst 483 babies were delivered in midwife led units.

Consultant-led units are maternity units where assistance from an obstetrician, anaesthetist or neonatologist/paediatrician is available. Consultant-led units need to be able to care for women with complex needs.

Midwife-led units are maternity units run solely by midwives. They can either stand alongside a consultant-led unit or be free standing. Midwife led units will only admit women experiencing a straightforward pregnancy and birth.

A full copy of the report can be viewed by clicking here.