PAH nurses become part of new Child Death Review Rapid Response Service

Communities / Fri 27th Feb 2015 at 03:16pm

Response PAHPRINCESS Alexandra Hospital has been appointed to deliver the nursing input into the new county-wide Child Death Review Rapid Response Service which will commence on 1 March 2015.

The Child Death Rapid Response Service will review all unexpected deaths of children up to 18-years-old throughout Greater Essex, Southend and Thurrock.

The aim of the service will be to provide a thorough and systematic review into the circumstances of death, whilst ensuring that families are adequately supported.

The nurses taking part in the service will co-ordinate the health input into all rapid responses across the county, working closely with designated doctors and other health professionals, in addition to police, social workers and the coroner’s office.

The team will liaise with other health professionals to provide ‘joined-up’, holistic care to the family, including bereavement support and signposting to other agencies.

Healthcare Lead for the Child Death Rapid Response Service, Andrea Brewis, is a motivated midwife who specialises in supporting women and their families after experiencing bereavement. “I am looking forward to leading the team in this new service. I am fully committed to supporting families during what is a very difficult time for them, and I hope that the service will provide additional information and support to help them come to terms with their loss.”

Chief Nurse, Professor Nancy Fontaine said: “Our teams work hard to support families, and we know that this is a very important part of helping them come to terms with their loss. Through Andrea’s appointment, we will be able to ensure we learn from every situation and use this evidence to further strengthen the service.”

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