London North West London Hospitals NHS Trust in October 2015 boasted that Ealing Hospital has, ” a nationwide reputation as the largest British centre providing high-calibre training for junior paediatricians.” Yet that same Hospital Trust plans to close the in-patient children’s ward and cut back paediatric specialists (nurses , junior doctors and consultants) working at Ealing Hospital.
The closure of the ward means that:
- Blue light ambulances will not take children to Ealing A&E . They will be routed to other hospitals.
- Parents taking their children to Ealing A&E or the Urgent Care Centre will, if their child cannot receive the treatment it needs the child will be, stabilised, assessed and transferred to another hospital.
- Paediatric specialists will no longer be available on-site at Ealing Hospital to treat critically ill children.