Emergency department average waiting times

Hospital emergency departments treat and care for people with a serious injury or life-threatening condition. When you go for treatment, staff will assess your medical condition. They treat patients with a serious injury or life-threatening condition first. Waiting times can change quickly.

When you have a medical emergency 

You should only go to a hospital emergency department if you, a friend or relative has a medical emergency. Emergency departments are also known as Accident and emergency (A and E) or casualty departments. 

If you or someone near you has a life-threatening medical emergency, call 999 immediately or go to your nearest emergency department

To find local emergency departments, go to: 

Other healthcare services

There are other healthcare services that give expert care to treat your medical condition. Picking the service most appropriate to your symptoms means you get the right treatment in the right place.

Waiting for treatment at an emergency department

Waiting times at emergency departments can change quickly without warning. The table on this page lists average waiting times. As these times are not guaranteed, you might need to wait longer than times shown.

The table below shows the current average waiting time to see the nurse or doctor who will treat you.

This information is updated hourly.

Last updated 3.20 am 20/11/17

Hospital/UnitOpening hoursAverage waiting time
to be seen
Mater Hospital – Emergency Department Open 24 hours every day 117 mins
Royal Victoria Hospital – Emergency Department Open 24 hours every day 65 mins
Royal Childrens Hospital – Emergency Department Open 24 hours every day 156 mins
Antrim Area Hospital – Emergency Department Open 24 hours every day 239 mins
Causeway Area Hospital – Emergency Department Open 24 hours every day 77 mins
Mid Ulster Hospital – Minor Injury Unit Open Mon-Fri 9.00 am-5.00 pm Currently Closed
Craigavon Area Hospital – Emergency Department Open 24 hours every day 167 mins
Daisy Hill Hospital – Emergency Department Open 24 hours every day 22 mins
South Tyrone Hospital – Minor Injury Unit Open Mon-Fri 9.00 am-9.00 pm; Sat-Sun 10.00 am-6.00 pm Currently Closed
Downe Hospital – Mon-Fri Emergency Department; Sat-Sun Minor Injuries Unit Open Mon-Fri 8.00 am -8.00 pm; Sat-Sun 9.00 am – 5.00 pm Currently Closed
Lagan Valley Hospital – Emergency Department Open Mon-Fri 8.00 am-8.00 pm Currently Closed
Ulster Hospital – Emergency Department Open 24 hours every day 136 mins
Ards Minor Injuries Unit – Minor Injury Unit Open Mon-Fri 9.00 am-5.00 pm Currently Closed
Bangor Minor Injuries Unit – Minor Injury Unit Open Mon-Fri 9.00 am-5.00 pm Currently Closed
Altnagelvin Area Hospital – Emergency Department Open 24 hours every day 171 mins
South West Acute Hospital – Emergency Department Open 24 hours every day 28 mins
Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex – Urgent care and treatment Centre Open 24 hours every day Not Available

Hospital services

Each hospital provides different types of emergency services. Find the facility most suitable for getting the treatment you need:

Belfast Health and Social Care Trust

Hospitals within the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust are:

  • Mater Hospital
  • Royal Victoria Hospital
  • Royal Children’s Hospital

Northern Health and Social Care Trust

Hospitals within the Northern Health and Social Care Trust are:

  • Antrim Area Hospital
  • Causeway Area Hospital
  • Mid Ulster Hospital

Southern Health and Social Care Trust

Hospitals within the Southern Health and Social Care Trust are:

  • Craigavon Area Hospital
  • Daisy Hill Hospital
  • South Tyrone Hospital

South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust

Hospitals within the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust are:

  • Downe Hospital
  • Lagan Valley Hospital
  • Ulster Hospital
  • Ards Minor Injuries Unit
  • Bangor Minor Injuries Unit

Western Health and Social Care Trust

Hospitals within the Western Health and Social Care Trust are:

  • Altnagelvin Hospital
  • South West Acute Hospital
  • Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex

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