A new scheme was launched at the beginning of October by the Community Children’s Nursing Service. It aims to ensure children are managed and supported by the right healthcare staff, closer to home, whenever possible.
The pilot, which will run for six months, will see the implementation of a rapid response team and collaboration across the whole of Children’s Services.
Initially, referrals to the team will be received by paediatricians; they will review the referral to see if children can be seen in areas other than the Children’s Assessment Unit at Rotherham Hospital, hopefully reducing stress and anxiety for children and families that come from attending hospital.
As well as ensuring children are being treated in the most appropriate place, the pilot will aim to avoid unnecessary admissions and help children to be discharged from hospital sooner, by offering more support at home. This will help to ensure that hospital beds are available for children who need an in hospital stay.
Terry Hayes, Community Children’s Nursing Service Team Leader, said: “We’re really excited about this pilot. We’re hoping it will deliver a high quality service whilst reducing waiting times in hospital.
“One of the great things about this plan is that it has come from within the team. We realised that we can make things better for our patients and for a number of teams – everyone has been very supportive in getting us to this point.”
If the pilot is a success, the service will be rolled out further to enable the team to receive referrals directly from the Urgent and Emergency Care Centre and GPs – with the aim of further reducing referrals and admissions to the hospital.