What do you want from a paediatric service?
Date sent: Wednesday 17 December 2014
Email sent by Wessex LMCs, on Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014
We have all noticed the dramatic increase in acute, unplanned patient contact across the health service in recent years.
General Practice has seen a significant increase in workload and paediatric presentations are no exception – with a 28% increase in unplanned paediatric admissions nationally (1).
Most of this is due to self-limiting illnesses in the under 5s, such as respiratory tract infections and gastroenteritis. Across Wessex there has been a 22% increase in admissions with URTIs and a 40% increase in LRTIs. Most of these extra children entering hospital require no investigations or specific treatment.
The “Wessex Healthier Together” project is exploring how parents, carers and community services might be better supported and integrated with hospital based services so that children are able to access the ‘right care at the right time from the right person’. The LMC has been party to these discussion and debate.
As a practising GP, you have a wealth of experience and ideas that should inform evolving models of care. We would be extremely grateful if you could spare 10 minutes to complete this online survey which can be found on our website:-
The website is being developed to provide useful resources for parents, carers and young people (information leaflets, self-care advice, when and how to access appropriate local healthcare services) and healthcare professionals (standardised local clinical guidelines, educational resources, referral pathways). Once the results of the survey have been collated, they will be published on the website.
Our apologies if you have already received this request via another route – we wish to hear from GPs working in all services across Wessex (practice-based, locums, OOHs, WICs) so have used a number of email distribution lists. Equally, if you are aware of colleagues who have not received this email (such as nurse Practitioners/ locums/ retainers/ sessional doctors/ registrars etc) then please do let them know and forward the survey on if appropriate.
Thank you for your time
The Wessex Healthier Together Project Team
1. Increase in emergency admissions to hospital for children aged under 15 in England, 1999–2010: national database analysis”, Gill et al. (2013), Arch Dis Child 98:328-334
Dr Nigel Watson
Churchill House, 122-124 Hursley Rd
Chandler's Ford, Eastleigh
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