Menu & Search
           1904556600
Speak to our friendly team
Contact Us Now

In November we reported on the delays in A&E departments and the increasing pressure being felt at NHS Hospitals, but the lack of paediatric intensive care beds is now causing critically ill children to be rushed from one part of England to another as a result of a large rise in winter viruses.

The Guardian newspaper received one statement from a doctor who staffs the unit which remarked on the situation being “dangerous and rotten for families involved” and that staff are firefighting to handle the number of children needing sometimes life-saving care.

The NHS have been unable to provide enough Paediatric Intensive Care (PICU) beds locally which has forced children and families to travel many miles from their homes, with young patients being sent from areas such as the Midlands to Sheffield, London to Cambridge and from one side of the Pennines to the other just to get them a place in a PICU. However, some Doctors haven’t been as lucky with their search, with one PICU Doctor from Whipps Cross hospital in London who was left searching for a bed for a child, with no beds available at St George’s or King’s College hospitals in South London or in the NHS’s entire North Thames region, which covers East, Central and North London and Cambridge. So far, there seems to be no resolution, but clearly this has become a large risk after the Bed Availability and Occupancy Data, that the NHS released in November showed that the number of hospital beds available in England had fallen to its lowest ever level with 17,230 beds being cut since 2010.

The lack of beds across our NHS hospitals is already forcing some Trusts to compromise on the care and service they can provide. For example, Norfolk and Norwich were recently forced to make a difficult decision when staff and bed shortages led them to ask doctors to use the “least unsafe option” when treating patients.

Dr Julia Patterson, a spokeswoman for EveryDoctor, which campaigns to improve doctors’ working conditions, commented on the NNUH’s situation: “When hospitals are so full that there are no intensive care beds, no hospital beds at all, and essential operations are being cancelled because there’s simply no one to do the surgery, then every option carries undue risk.”

The Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (FICM) also criticised the accuracy of recent data that was released, stating that units in England had been on average 83% full so far this winter were deceptive and underestimated the true extent of the pressures being felt. Furthermore, after speaking to the Health Service Journal, Dr Alison Pittard, the FICM’s dean, had added to the remark that many units had been 100% full in December, as well as having the opinion that 1 in 4 hospitals “did not recognise their unit’s sitreps data”.

With the increased pressures on the NHS and hospital attendances it is understandable that the NHS are forced to spread their patient care across their limited resources. However, our children’s care shouldn’t be compromised by avoidable delays in treatment. It is also important to remember how crucial parental and family support and care is when dealing with critically ill children. Asking families to travel large distances to visit their children can add additional stress to the family as a whole, so moving children to available PICU beds should be an extreme measure and never become the norm.

If you know someone who’s treatment has been significantly compromised due to a delay or lack of suitable resources, speak to our experts to find out how you can make a compensation claim.

Start Your Claim Today1904556600
Tell us about your case

Just send us a little bit about yourself and your claim and we will respond within 24 hours.

Get In Touch
Latest News

Breast Cancer Awareness is more important than ever, in 2020

This Breast Cancer Awareness month we must remember not to allow the difficulties we are confronting because of COVID-19 to blind us from the […]

Read More

York Community Pride Awards 2020

2020 marks Pryers’ sixth year sponsoring the York Community Pride Awards. And it has definitely been the most unusual year, yet. We have sponsored […]

Read More

Queen’s Medical Centre maternity neglect

An inquest last month found that neglect by staff at Nottingham University Hospitals contributed to the death of a baby. Wynter Andrews was born […]

Read More

Take a look back through our complete news archive

Follow us on Twitter

It's important to stay safe when driving. Make sure you drive at a speed which enable you to react accordingly.

#RoadSafety #SafeDriving #Cycling

This month is #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth

Early diagnosis is vital for recovery, but do you know what to look out for? If you’re unsure, check out our guide to remind yourself of those key changes that you should be aware of. If in doubt speak to your GP

https://www.pryers.co.uk/resources/breast-cancer-causes-diagnosis-and-treatment/

Load More...