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29th Nov 2019
Alder Hey have recently been experiencing some winter pressures, which have resulted in lengthier waiting times for some less urgent cases.
Nicki Murdock, Medical Director of Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust said: “Like other NHS trusts, we are facing significant demand on our emergency services over the winter period. Treatment is provided within cubicles and the clinical areas in our ED Department. It is our standard practice to assess children immediately when entering the department. This enables us to check patients more quickly and identify the sickest children who should be treated as a priority.
“We always prioritise our sickest children first. This means that those who do not need emergency care can sometimes experience long waits and may be directed to other local services. Currently around 60% of cases that attend our A&E are for common childhood illnesses, which could be treated at home or by GP’s or the walk in clinics. Parents and carers who attend the A&E Department with children with minor conditions such as these may face lengthy waits. Parents whose children do not need emergency care are advised to speak to their GP, local pharmacist or to use the NHS111 phone and internet service.”
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