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Welcome to the Paediatric Accident and Emergency Department

Shortly after arrival you or your child will have been triaged by a Registered Children’s Nurse or a Student Nurse under supervision. This is to assess any illness or injury as children and young people are seen in order of priority and not time of arrival.

This ensures that those with the most life threatening problems are seen and treated first.

The department is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We are one of a small number of units throughout the UK who provide this level of service. We see approximately 28,000 children a year aged 0-17 years old with various illnesses and injuries.

We are divided into two wings – Paediatric Accident and Emergency and Resus. Resus is a separate area where patients with life threatening problems are treated, and who may be called PRIORITIES. You may hear of these over the A&E tannoy system. When we have a “priority”, we are likely to have less nurses and doctors in the department as they will be helping with and treating the patient who has a life-threatening problem. You should be told by a nurse if this is happening as it may lead to a delay in the treatment of you or your child ... read more

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Paediatric A&E: Discharge Advice

Most illnesses in children are caused by viruses and are therefore self limiting. They usually resolve within a week or so and require no specific treatment. A temperature is the body’s way of indicating that there is an infection present. The only reason for treating a temperature is to make the child feel better. It is not to prevent seizures. If a child has a seizure it is usually due to a very rapid rise in temperature.

Occasionally a secondary bacterial infection can complicate a viral illness. It is not possible to predict which children will go on to develop complications ... read more

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Paediatric A&E: Supracondylar Fracture of the Humerus

A Supracondylar Fracture of the Humerus is one of the most common fractures in children. It occurs at the elbow in the lower end of the upper arm (humerus), usually from falling onto an outstretched hand.

Your child's arm will be placed in a collar and cuff type sling and will be positioned at a right angle. This should be worn all the time and it will be necessary to retain the arm close to the body underneath clothing for the first three weeks, and then for a further three weeks outside clothing. ... read more