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health crisis Belfast Royal children's hospital facing fresh struggles as winter looms

In recent weeks the hospital has faced extreme pressures with many children attending with respiratory problems

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The Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children has had to postpone operations due to the pandemic situation it has been reported.

It is understood the hospital has come under significant pressure in recent weeks, with many children being admitted with respiratory issues.

It is thought staffing levels have also been affected by staff sickness.

Hospital bosses are also concerned about the availability of beds with winter looming.

A fortnight ago the hospital faced “extreme pressure” as almost 200 children were submitted in a 24 hour period.

In the last month children attending the hospital have been subjected to long waits to be seen with a rise in children suffering from respiratory conditions.

Speaking at the time, Clinical Director at the hospital, Karl McKeever, said: “Our emergency department, like any other, is there for children who are in urgent need of hospital care because they are seriously injured, or have developed a serious health issue that needs specialist care which can only be delivered in a hospital environment.”

Mr McKeever said that out of 180 children who attended the hospital during a 24hr period, only 10% needed specialist care.

He added: “Help us to help you by making sure our hospital has the ability to care for children with urgent and serious illnesses.”

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