NHS Lothian to review paediatric services

St John's Hospital
St John's Hospital

Children’s health provision is to come under scrutiny as part of a review into acute paediatric services.

NHS Lothian announced the overhaul of children’s health care after staffing problems put pressure on St John’s Hospital causing it to reduce inpatient services temporarily during the summer.

Clinical staff at the hospital in Livingston, as well as at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh, are to lead the review and make “expert recommendations” on how services can be improved.

Jim Crombie, chief officer of acute services for NHS Lothian, said: “This review will be undertaken with significant input from our clinical staff across Lothian and will of course seek feedback and opinion from service users, their families and other interested stakeholders.

“We are really keen for these respected clinical experts to lead on this important programme of work.

“We are excited to have their expert recommendations which will support our clear priority - which is the provision of safe, effective and sustainable services for our patients and their families from across Lothian and beyond.”

The children’s ward at St John’s, which is usually open 24 hours, was open 8am-8pm during a six week period in July and August due to staffing and recruitment problems.