Review Of Acute Paediatric Services Given The Green Light

A review of children’s medical services across Lothian has been given the green light.

NHS Lothian board members have agreed to a Lothian-wide review of acute medical paediatric care to help provide a safe, effective and sustainable service for children.

The UK's internationally renowned Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health will carry out the review of services in the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh and St John’s Hospital in Livingston.

Jim Crombie, Chief Officer of Acute Services, NHS Lothian, said:“This is not a review focused on one site or on one geographic area but rather a whole Lothian review.

“The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health has extensive experience of undertaking such reviews.

“We are really keen for these respected clinical experts to lead on this important programme of work. We are keen to have their expert recommendations which will support our clear priority - which is the provision of safe, effective and sustainable services for our patients and their families from across Lothian and beyond.

"This review will be undertaken with significant input from our clinical staff across Lothian and will of course seek feedback and opinion from service users their families and other interested stakeholders."

The Lothian-wide review, which was agreed at a meeting of the board, comes after the children’s inpatient service at St John’s Hospital came under increasing pressure because of staffing and recruitment issues.