With the new Chase Farm Hospital on the horizon, children’s services on the site will be changing following a consultation and evaluation about how and when they are used.
This work has been led by Enfield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and will see changes to the way paediatric urgent care is delivered to best meet the needs of local children.
From Monday 19 June:
• The Urgent Care Centre at Chase Farm Hospital will provide a doctor-led walk-in service for children and young people with minor illnesses and injuries open from 8am-9pm, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
• The paediatric assessment unit (PAU) on the site will close. This follows a consultation by Enfield CCG in 2016 which found that the number of patients using the PAU at Chase Farm Hospital was very small (approximately two to four a day), and that the conditions children presented with meant they could more appropriately be seen in a different setting.
• Children who require urgent assessment and treatment by the paediatric team will now be advised to attend Barnet or North Middlesex Hospitals, which also have the support of full A&E services and inpatient beds for children.
• If a child or young person attends the Urgent Care Centre at Chase Farm Hospital but would more appropriately be seen in another setting, then a transfer will be arranged if necessary.
• NHS 111 can provide advice and guidance, as well as directly booking appointments at the GP out of hours service, which has a choice of locations including Chase Farm Hospital.
• Enfield CCG has also recently commissioned new primary care access hubs which offer additional routine and urgent care appointments for all age groups at three locations across the borough from 6.30pm - 8pm weekdays and 8am - 8pm on weekends and public holidays. These appointments can be booked by a patient’s GP practice or directly by calling 03000 333 666.
• GPs in Enfield will continue to have access to a paediatrician and paediatric advice and guidance through both a hotline and email.
• Based on a clinical assessment by a GP, some children may be eligible to be referred to a new two week urgent paediatric outpatient service at Chase Farm Hospital.
• Pre-natal and post-natal midwifery services will continue at Chase Farm Hospital.
• The children’s community nursing team and paediatric blood testing will continue to be available at Chase Farm Hospital.
• Consultant-led outpatient clinics will continue at Chase Farm Hospital. Many more specialities and outpatient appointments will be available on the new Chase Farm Hospital when the new hospital is built.
For more information about the consultation visit http://www.enfieldccg.nhs.uk/paediatric-assessment-unit-consultation-2.htm
If you have any queries about the changes to the model of care for children please contact Claire Wright, head of strategy and commissioning at Enfield CCG at Claire.firstname.lastname@example.org or 0203 688 2811.