Changes to services at Ealing Hospital will support “high quality seven-day services for all children” in North West London, according to commissioners.
Planned changes to children’s services at the hospital will see the inpatient children’s ward close on 30 June 2016.
“This will improve the quality of clinical care and patient experience”
Meanwhile, the 24/7 Urgent Care Centre will continue to treat children and those requiring day care and outpatient care will still be seen at the hospital as normal.
After the 30 June, ambulances will stop taking children to Ealing’s A&E unit and instead take patients to West Middlesex, Hillingdon, Northwick Park, Chelsea and Westminster or St Mary’s hospitals – depending on the child’s emergency care needs.
According to commissioners, the impact of moving the service from Ealing will see on average less than 10 children a day requiring either an overnight stay or on-going assessment moved from Ealing.
Children’s ward changes will ‘support seven-day service’
The Children’s Community Nursing Team will also move to Ealing Hospital, giving children access to the specialist team on site when needed.
Speaking on behalf of Ealing Clinical Commissioning Group, Dr Mohini Parmar said the changes were agreed by the CCG’s governing body in May last year.
“They are necessary to provide consistent high quality seven-day children’s services across North West London,” she said. “This will improve the quality of clinical care and patient experience by getting children back to health more quickly.”