NIAS has agreed a protocol with local hospital trusts who are implementing plans whereby patients who meet the diagnostic criteria listed and who require hospital assessment or admission should be brought directly to specified sites unless their primary complaint requires specialist care at another unit.

On arrival at the receiving department, the vehicle driver should check access arrangements with ED staff before the patient is offloaded from the ambulance. Hospital staff should work to minimise turnaround time.

We have been advised that the Downe ED and Daisy Hill ED remain temporarily closed to all patients. The Mater ED is now open to all normal ambulance patients as well as known or potential COVID-19 patients (with the normal exceptions of patients requiring specialist care). The RBHSC is now accepting children up to the age of sixteen years*.

Aside from patients requiring specialist care, NIAS crews should at all times take patients to the nearest emergency department as defined below.