Emily Ware, Georgina Swindle, Hannah Chamley, Elspeth Fox-McNabb, Kim Scott, are a new team of Paediatric Nurses working in A&E at West Cumberland Hospital. The service which was launched towards the end of 2020 operates 12 hours a day, 7 days a week. They will be joined by other nurses on the next rotation to the ward.
The team are supported by Laura Hall adult and paediatric link nurse and clinical educator Jillian Agnew who helped to facilitate the girls joining the team.
Six months on since the launch feedback has been really positive. Susan Mein, Interim Head of Safeguarding said: “Having the dedicated paediatric staff in A&E has meant the safeguarding team are able to link directly with those staff and we have seen an increase in child safeguarding incidents and concerns reported. Having a specific team also means we are able to share the information much more easily and be assured that they will disseminate this across the department and share the learning.”
Jenny Eastwood, Sister in the Emergency Department at West Cumberland Hospital said: “This is a really big step forward for the quality of care for children who need our services and goes a long way to meet the CQC objectives which have challenged us in the past. This a big step in the right direction of ensuring children receive the best, most effective care within the department. It is a new role and the staff have adapted brilliantly especially in the circumstances regarding COVID19. They have been an amazing asset to the team and have quickly helped to make great improvements for paediatrics.
“The team have made a massive impact on triaging, helping with a fast turnaround to admission if required or discharge. The admission rate has been greatly reduced since the role was introduced. This means that the adult nurses can concentrate on adult admissions to A& E and provide the appropriate care where required.”
One parent said: “Unfortunately I had to bring my 7 year old to the department following a bike accident and I can’t praise them enough. He was treated with such kindness and immediately put at ease.”