Date Published: 2 October 2006
New guidelines for children's emergency health care in Scotland
New guidelines for emergency health care as it relates to children and young people were launched today.
The Emergency Care Framework provides guidance on how best to deliver emergency care for children and young people, whether in hospital or in the community.
It recognises that while it is not feasible to provide full specialist care everywhere, services can be organised to ensure that every child or young person receives the best possible emergency care as close to home as possible.
A funding package also announced today will ensure doctors, nurses and other staff have the skills needed to give children and young people the care they need.
A three year action plan within the framework will address issues highlighted in the review.
The framework was launched at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh which has recently invested £1.8 million installing diagnostic radiology equipment specifically designed for children. The new equipment means they no longer have to be anaesthetised when they need a scan.
Deputy Health Minister Lewis Macdonald said:
Emergency care services for children and young people were reviewed by a Children and Young Peoples Health Support Group working group, led by Dr Tom Beattie, Paediatric A&E consultant at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh, and the framework is based on their findings.
Dr Beattie said:
Malcolm Wright, Chief Executive of NES, which will deliver the staff training, said:
The Emergency Care Framework incorporates a £943,000 funding package to roll out a core skills and competencies training package led by NHS Education Scotland.
The Children and Young People's Health Support Group is the expert Ministerial advisory group on children and young peoples health established in response to Professor David Kerr's recommendations. The support group is chaired by Malcolm Wright, Chief Executive, NHS Education Scotland.
Source: Scottish Executive (Scotland).