Children's Emergency Services at County Hospital Temporarily Suspended on Safety Grounds
A Minor Injuries Unit at County Hospital for under 16s launched on Monday 10 October 2016. Sixteen and 17 year-olds can use the main Accident & Emergency Department at County Hospital, Stafford.
Accident and Emergency services at County Hospital in Stafford continue to be temporarily suspended for children and people under the age of 16 due to concerns about safety. The Royal College of Paediatricians and Child Health visited the Trust in preparation for their full review of Children's Emergency Services at County Hospital. The review has now been released. Cick here to read more.
The Minor Injuries Unit can be used to treat children with a variety of minor injuries only.
The Minor Injuries Unit should be used for:
- Head injuries
- Limb injuries
- Sprains, bruises, fractures
The Minor Injuries Unit should not be used for:
- Illnesses (111/GP)
- Rash/fever (111/GP)
- Vomiting/diarrhoea (111/GP)
- Chronic illnesses (111/GP)
- Severely unwell/injured (999)
Any unwell child who requires more than one hour of observation or specialist treatment (e.g. fracture manipulation) will be transferred to Royal Stoke.
Rapid Access Clinics for children have returned to County Hospital. A rapid access clinic provides next-day appointments with specialist children's doctors. This means that when families visit their GP with an unwell baby, child or teenager, the GP can refer them to a specialist quickly and locally. These clinics are by appointment only and, for the time being, operate on a Monday to Friday basis.
If you have any questions about your child's care whilst they are in hospital please speak to a member of staff so they can help. You can also speak to our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS). They have an office on both our hospital sites or you can contact:
Tel: 0800 40 70 60
Royal Stoke University Hospital
Tel: 01782 676450