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Live Emergency Department Waiting Times

Real-time average waiting times at Northern Ireland emergency departments.

Live average waiting times for patients arriving at Northern Ireland emergency departments (EDs) are displayed on a NIDirect webpage. The figures update at approximately hourly intervals.

This dataset captures and stores that information as a spreadsheet of recent average waiting times.

Accident & Emergency (ED Types 1&2) and Minor Injuries Units (ED Type 3) are included. Type 1 A&Es operate on a 24-hour basis, Type 2 A&Es and MIUs may have periods during which they are closed, for which no waiting time information will be available.

Note that average waiting times are not the same as the measurements used to monitor performance against targets. For those statistics, see here.

Waiting times at emergency departments can change significantly and quickly without warning, and therefore the times given here are not a guarantee of actual waiting times that each patient will experience. Patients are seen in order of priority based on their medical condition.

Data and Resources

Dataset Info

These fields are compatible with DCAT, an RDF vocabulary designed to facilitate interoperability between data catalogs published on the Web.
Detail Data / Department of Health (NI)
Modified Date
Release Date
Rights Statement

This dataset may be re-used according to the following licenses:

Data Licence: Open Database License.

Content Licence: UK Open Government Licence (OGL) v3.

When re-using or distributing this data please preserve the following copyright notice:

Dataset by Detail Data published under the Open Database LicenseContains public sector information from NI Direct published under the UK Open Government Licence (OGL) v3.

Open Definition
Spatial / Geographical Coverage Area (WKT)
POLYGON ((-8.16926 55.4436, -5.08667 55.4436, -5.08667 53.8702, -8.16926 53.8702, -8.16926 55.4436))
Spatial / Geographical Coverage Location
Northern Ireland
Temporal Coverage
Contact Name
Bob Harper
Contact Email