Paediatric services at Queen’s Hospital Burton will soon reopen following a temporary relocation to Royal Derby Hospital during the pandemic. In response to Covid-19 the Trust combined inpatient services, bringing together its skilled workforce at Royal Derby Hospital, to maintain safe staffing levels and provide safe care to children across Derbyshire and Staffordshire.
From Wednesday 5 August 2020 paediatric services will be reintroduced at Queen’s Hospital Burton in a phased and controlled way.
The first phase will see Ward 2 reopen for inpatient services and Ward 1 will be used for the paediatric assessment unit from 9:30am – 10pm, Monday - Sunday. During the first phase A&E at Queen’s Hospital Burton will only be able to provide treatment to children with a minor illness or injury who attend in person or are referred by their GP.
While A&E will remain open to both adults and children, if emergency care is needed, families should continue to take children to the Children’s Emergency Department at Royal Derby Hospital. Children who require critical care will be transferred the paediatric High Dependency Unit at Royal Derby Hospital and if travelling by ambulance, children will be taken directly there. The nearest car park is number 4 and people should use the Children’s Emergency Department entrance.
Krishna Kallianpur, Interim Chief Nurse at UHDB said: “We’ve been working hard to slowly and steadily restore and recover some of our services. Safety is at the centre of every decision we make and we’re pleased that we can now start to reintroduce children’s services at Queen’s Hospital Burton. It is the right thing to do to ensure we can provide care closer to home.
“We are grateful to our local communities for working with us during these challenging times, and to our colleagues who have been extremely flexible in supporting us to do the right thing by our patients.”
The paediatric ward areas are currently being redecorated and deep cleaned in preparation for the service to be returned.
The Trust is writing to parents and carers of all children who are open access patients to let them know about the new arrangements.
More information, including a list of frequently asked questions can be found here.
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