County Hospital CEC Update – RCPCH seeking community opinion ahead of review

Press release from University Hospital North Midlands: 18 October 2016

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health have created an online survey aimed at gathering patient and community views on Children’s Emergency Services at County Hospital, prior to the College’s independent review.

The RCPCH is particularly interested in hearing from members of the public who have used the Children’s Emergency Service in the last 12 months at County Hospital. However, they are also seeking the thoughts of the wider Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent community. Click here to complete the survey.

Over 135 patients have used the Minor Injuries Unit for under-16s in its first week after it launched at County Hospital on Monday 10 October. The Minor Injuries Unit is for under-16s with a range of minor injuries only, including; head and limb injuries, wounds, sprains, bruises and fractures. Sixteen and seventeen​​ year-olds can now be seen in the main Accident & Emergency Department at County Hospital, Stafford.

The Unit should not be used for illnesses, rashes/fever, vomiting/diarrhoea (call NHS111 or your GP) or for severely unwell/injured (dial 999). Any unwell child who requires more than one hour of observation or specialist treatment (e.g. fracture manipulation) will be transferred to Royal Stoke University Hospital.

Accident and Emergency services at County Hospital in Stafford continue to be temporarily suspended for children and people under the age of 16 due to concerns about safety. The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health recently visited the Trust in preparation for their full review of Children’s Emergency Services at County Hospital. The review, which is scheduled to conclude in January 2017, will include analysis of data, a main visit and the publication of a full report.

Dr Ann Marie Morris, Emergency Medicine Consultant and Clinical Director, said: “Since launching the Unit last Monday, the feedback we have received from patients and parents has been very good. I would encourage everyone to complete the Royal College Survey. 

“We have treated over 135 patients in the past week, with the vast majority coming from across the Stafford and Surrounds area. We would like to thank the public for taking on board our messages about the type of injuries that can be seen on the Unit. However we are still seeing a very small number of children with illnesses which we can’t currently treat here, the Minor Injuries Unit is for minor injuries only.”


Please contact UHNM for any enquiries:

Andrew Ashcroft, Head of Communications, University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust

01782 676644