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Proposals for Paediatric Care

paediatricpicWe are proposing to centralise medical and surgical services in a Paediatric Emergency Centre at Calderdale Royal Hospital (CRH).

Parents and carers who have a sick child will be encouraged to ring NHS 111 for advice and would be directed to the best place for assessment/treatment.  This could be a pharmacy for advice on self care, the child’s own GP practice, an Urgent Care Centre or the Paediatric Emergency Centre.

NHS 111 would be able to make arrangements for children, of any age, to have an appointment to attend one of the two Urgent Care Centres, i.e the one nearest to where they live. If NHS 111 thinks the child needs emergency care, arrangements will be made for an ambulance to take them to the Paediatric Emergency Centre at CRH. protocols in place for NHS 111 and the ambulance service would be refreshed to make sure that any children with injury or illness requiring emergency care were directed to the Paediatric Emergency Centre.

“Children don’t always come to hospital with an initially obvious diagnosis and would benefit from being under the care of a paediatrician who would be responsible for coordinating their care with other specialist services. At the moment this involves a transfer to CRH or a doctor driving to HRI”

Sal Uka. Consultant Paediatrician, Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust

The proposed model for paediatric services also includes enhanced services for children, provided in the community where possible, including ‘hot’ clinics so that children with certain illnesses and conditions could be seen more quickly.

There would be support from and close working with Child and Adolescent Mental Health services (CAMHS) and paediatric outpatient clinics on both hospital sites. Transition from paediatric to adult services would take place on a case by case basis.

Click here for more details of the impacts on patients, families and for travel times in the Consultation Document.  You will also find a link to the online questionnaire for your views.