Children spend less time in hospital

 
Tuesday, 18 April 2017 Children spend less time in hospital

Children in Morecambe Bay have spent 10% less time in hospitals beds compared to last year.

A number of projects have contributed to this reduction – and two in particular have seen excellent results.

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Rapid Access Clinics

(RAC) provide a rapid referral for children who have been seen by their GP, the Emergency Department or other referrer and who require an urgent opinion from a paediatrician, but not necessarily a hospital admission.

Analysis showed that over a period of 9 months, 234 patients were seen in the RAC.

The Paediatric Telephone Triage

project allows clinicians to access advice via telephone who refer into the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBFT) Children’s inpatient services.

The advice line enables the clinicians to discuss individual cases with a senior paediatric clinician and agree the best course of treatment for the patient.

Both Telephone Triage and rapid access clinics work in conjunction to allow ill children to be seen very promptly. This can avoid admission to hospital.

RAC allows patients to be seen by a senior clinician in one appointment, rather than seen by multiple clinicians and having to tell their story over and over. Telephone Triage is about ensuring treatment is appropriate for the child.

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