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Hospital chiefs say kids' services are improving

PUBLISHED: 17:34 18 March 2009 | UPDATED: 16:19 25 August 2010

HOSPITAL bosses insist they have improved on children s services after a damning review was published.

HOSPITAL bosses insist they have improved on children's services after a damning review was published.

The Health Commission report published last Friday showed that hospitals in the area are not meeting the needs of children in several areas.

The review probed emergency settings, child protection training and life support training.

Bromley Hospitals NHS Trust(BHT)scored consistently low across the board for all levels of staff having basic paediatric life support training.

The number of registered nurses, both with advanced and basic paediatric life support training, were shown to have decreased.

Pain management nurses at Bromley scored highly in assessment and administration but low when it came to training.

Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup (QMS) scored low for consultant anaesthetics' paediatric life support training, along with Queen Elizabeth's Hospital (QEH).

The Woolwich hospital also deteriorated for the amount of nurses with advanced paediatric life support training.

QMS was consistently low performing for nurses with level two child protection training in emergency care but was consistently high performing for nurses with level one training.

Nurse Director at BHT, Jennie Hall, spoke to the Times on behalf of the three trusts which are due to merge on April 1.

She said: "The data in the report was drawn up over a year ago, and action to improve children's services has been taken in the interim.

"We are introducing a new system to allow easy access on a national basis to check on all children who may be the subject of a child protection plan.

"We are also registered to

participate in a Healthcare Commission safeguarding children review which will ensure the Trust is meeting all its obligations with regard to protecting children.

"These measures will ensure that we continue to work collaboratively in this challenging area across all the hospitals within the new South London Healthcare NHS Trust."

marina.soteriou@archant.co.uk

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