Paediatric care in Lothian survey goes live

The review of acute paediatric care in NHS Lothian is now underway and patients, families, carers and staff are being asked for their views.

An online survey has been launched to gather feedback and opinions from as many people as possible as the review rolls out.

It comes after NHS Lothian asked the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) to conduct an independent review of hospital services for children.

Jim Crombie, Chief Officer of Acute Services, NHS Lothian, said: “The safety of children has to be our top priority and we are committed to this review to gain an independent and expert view on the best way to deliver services in Lothian.
“We need to provide a safe and sustainable service and we need patients, parents, carers and staff to help us do that by taking part in the review and providing their opinions and experiences of paediatric care.”

The team of experts at the RCPCH will carry out an extensive and robust analysis of the current service to ensure that NHS Lothian can continue to deliver safe, effective and sustainable patient care. As part of that, it is critical that they understand the views and needs of patients, particularly if families have used children’s hospital services in the last 18 months.

The team wants to understand how families use the services when a child is unwell, and what arrangements will be most effective in the future, given the current difficulties in recruiting medical staff with the expertise to provide some of the more complex care. They also want to hear the experiences and expectations of staff who work within the service.

Sue Eardley, Head of Invited Reviews, RCPCH, said: “The RCPCH review team is looking forward to working with the staff, families and children in Lothian, using the expertise of our doctors and nurses to design a service that provides high quality, equitable medical care for children, wherever they live in Lothian.”

The survey will be confidential and anonymous and will run throughout the term of the review, although ideally responses should be completed by February 14thMore information about the review can be found on the RCPCH website or you can complete the survey by clicking here.