County Hospital bosses to study review of children's A&E before decisions are made

Board members have been updated on the review into A&E services for children at Stafford's County Hospital.

They were suspended on 25 August 2016 for those under 18 after senior clinicians advised that the service was not clinically safe.

It was due to insufficient numbers of staff with very specific levels of paediatric and anaesthetic training, including resuscitation and life-support competencies.

In September, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health was asked to carry out a review of the Children’s Emergency Centre service as a whole, and to make recommendations about how it could be made safe in the long term.

A temporary Minor Injuries Unit opened for under 16s on 10 October. 

In a statement on February 7 2017, the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust confirmed it had received the draft RCPCH report and had been reviewing it for accuracy.

The final version had due to be presented at a public board meeting today, but bosses say they at not yet at that stage.

Dr John Oxtoby, Medical Director, said: “We are in the process of reviewing the draft report from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health following their review of the Children’s Emergency Centre.

“We will be working with our clinicians and Stafford and Surrounds Clinical Commissioning Group to put together clear action and communication plans, which will be shared alongside the full report in the coming weeks.

“In addition, UHNM continues to ask the public to use the Minor Injuries Unit for under-16s at County Hospital appropriately.

“The Unit should only be used for head injuries, limb injuries, wounds, sprains, bruises, fractures.”




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