Thursday, May 30, 2024

Boost to children’s emergency care at Basildon Hospital

EMERGENCY care and treatment for children at Basildon University Hospital is being improved and expanded, and will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, from Wednesday 1 May.

As part of hospital plans to improve services for children and young people, the paediatric assessment service is moving from Penguin Unit in the paediatrics department, to the dedicated children‟s accident and emergency department.

The move will bring together a team of nurses, consultants and other medical staff with training and experience in all aspects of paediatric emergency and acute care. There will be one „front door‟ for the assessment and initial care of all emergency and acutely ill youngsters who attend Basildon Hospital.

Children and young people will not have to wait with adults attending the main A & E department, but will go straight to the separate children‟s emergency department with its own waiting area.

Currently the children‟s emergency department is open from 8am to around 10pm, but from Wednesday (1 May) it will be available round the clock.

Families and carers of children with long term conditions who regularly attend the paediatric assessment service have been told about the move. Their direct access arrangements to the service will continue, children will see the same team of nurses and doctors and their hospital records will be available in the emergency department. The new joint service will see approximately 25,000 patients.

Celia Skinner, Medical Director, said: “By bringing our teams of specialist paediatric nurses and doctors into one place, providing a round-the-clock service, we aim to offer safe and improved care and treatment for children who are acutely ill.

“Once the new arrangements have had time to settle, we will ask patients to give us their views and help us make any necessary adjustments.”

The children‟s emergency department, which opened in March last year, was part of a £17m expansion of A&E at Basildon University Hospital. It was designed to provide a calm and reassuring environment for children and young people, and their families, separate from the adult emergency area.

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