A NEW set of guidelines have been launched to help manage common conditions with children.
The Children’s Urgent Care Guidelines are in place to support healthcare professionals across the county to provide high quality, consistent, evidence based care for children and young people in Worcestershire.
The three Clinical Commissioning Groups (NHS South Worcestershire, NHS Redditch and Bromsgrove and NHS Wyre Forest) have worked with Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust and Worcestershire County Council to develop the guidelines to manage conditions such as asthma, croup, fever, bronchiolitis and gastroenteritis.
With the demand for NHS services increasing nationally, the guidelines aim to ensure that children and young people receive the right care, helping to reduce the demand placed on primary and secondary care services.
Dr Philip Thompson, GP Lead for Children at NHS South Worcestershire CCG was involved in developing the guidelines with other GP Leads across the county.
He said: “A lot of hard work has gone into developing these guidelines and it’s very pleasing to now see them out there for health professionals to use. The guidelines have been developed to support staff, share learning and expertise across all organisations to ensure patients receive consistent, high quality urgent care.”
Stephanie Courts, Children’s Nurse Consultant at Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, said: “Our aim is to ensure parents are given clear and reliable advice about common childhood illnesses. They need to have confidence in caring for their children and be able to access the right help at the right time from the right professional.”