Princess Alexandra asks: “Does your child need to go to A and E?”

Health / Mon 6th Oct 2014 at 11:14am

HIGH demand at Children’s Emergency Department is opportunity to remind parents to choose the right service

With demand for local children’s Emergency Department (ED) services high, parents and carers are being reminded to choose the right healthcare service for their child’s needs to ensure they receive the most appropriate and timely care in the right place.

Children’s ED has seen a steep rise in attendances in the last month despite it not being the right place to go for common illnesses and complaints such as coughs, colds, high temperatures, croup, diarrhoea and vomiting and abdominal pain.

Professor Nancy Fontaine, Chief Nurse at The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust said: “The Emergency Department remains the place for seriously injured and seriously ill people. Our children’s facilities are for those who need them urgently and we are asking parents and carers to consider if the ED is the right place to bring their child, or if they can get the help they need from alternative services first.”

“The pharmacist is a good place to go for early advice on a range of childhood illnesses, including management and medicines. If your child needs more support your GP will be able to make a referral to the Community Nursing Team and NHS 111 is there to provide 24 hour advice and information.”

Dr Sue Humphrey, GP and Clinical Lead at NHS West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (who plan and buy health services for local people) added: “Parents and carers naturally worry when their child becomes unwell. Many children experience common illnesses at this time of year such as coughs, colds and fever.

“Princess Alexandra Hospital’s Emergency Department is for urgent cases only.”

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1 Comment for Princess Alexandra asks: “Does your child need to go to A and E?”:

Lee Dangerfield
2014-10-06 13:31:59

This sort of press release coming from people that really can't understand. Tell some young parents that have an ill child and can't get a doctors appointment. Do,they really think that people want to sit at the hospital for hours? Everyone knows the right way but when you have to wait weeks for an appointment I don't blame them.

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