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  1. News Article
    Owing to social distancing and a lack of exposure, childhood respiratory illness, RSV is on the rise, according to reports and parents are being warned to look out for signs and symptoms. "This winter, we expect levels of common seasonal illnesses such as cold and flu to increase, as people mix more and given that fewer people will have built up natural immunity during the pandemic. Children under two are at a particular risk of severe infections from common seasonal illnesses," Public Health England, medical director Dr Yvonne Doyle has said. Read full story. Source: BBC News
  2. Community Post
    About 1000 angry nurses and doctors have rallied outside Perth Children’s Hospital in Australia following the death of seven-year-old Aishwarya Aswath, demanding vital improvements to the state’s struggling health system. The Australian Nurses Federation was joined by the Australian Medical Association for the rally, with staff from hospitals across Perth attending. Many people held signs that read “We care about Aishwarya”, “Listen to frontline staff”, “Report the executive — not us” and “Please don’t throw me under the bus”. Aishwarya developed a fever on Good Friday and was taken
  3. Content Article
    In the two weeks before his death Robbie was seen seven times by five different GPs. The child was seen by three different GPs four times in the last three days when he was so weak and dehydrated he was bedbound and unable to stand unassisted. Only one GP read the medical records, six days before death, and was aware of the suspicion of Addison's disease, the need for the ACTH test and the instruction to immediately admit the child back to hospital if he became unwell. The GP informed the Powells that he would refer Robbie back to hospital immediately that day but did not inform them that
  4. News Article
    It has been reported Accident and Emergency are seeing record numbers of young children being brought in with mild winter viruses, overwhelming the department. Experts have said it is unlikely to be serious and that people should seek to speak with their GP, pharmacist or NHS 111 as the first port of call, but that A&E is an option if parents are worried it could be an emergency. It has emerged that most of the children are under the age of five and it may be that as lockdown has been easing and people are mixing, winter viruses are reappearing. Read full story. Sour
  5. News Article
    The number of children being prescribed antidepressants has increased over the past 5 years, with analysis from The Pharmaceutical Journal showing peaks have coincided with Covid lockdowns. It was found between April 2015 and April 2020, children from the ages 0-17 who were prescribed antidepressants by a GP increased by 26 per cent with an increase in prescriptions occurring more notably during lockdowns. Furthermore, the analysis found an 8 per cent increase since March 2019 showing 17,902 females and 9,855 males were found to have been prescribed antidepressants when the country
  6. News Article
    An independent review has found that children's services are not providing enough early support and are too focused on investigating families in crisis. The system was found to be under significant strain with the review suggesting that under the current system, it was not sustainable long-term. For those families in crisis who ask for help, it was reported that the process to apply for support caused more added stress and strain. At present, the service is failing young people and families in need of help and support. The review is to be published in Spring 2022 along with a
  7. News Article
    NHS England are set to launch a new service for children suffering from long COVID. Although data has suggested that children are less likely to suffer from severe disease, there have been an increasing number of reports of continued symptoms. The new service will consist of 15 new paediatric hubs with experts to treat young people and advise their families and carers or refer them to specialist services. The NHS has invested £100m in specialist services to help meet the needs of the possible hundreds of thousands who are expected to experience long COVID with symptoms ranging
  8. News Article
    New NHS pelvic health clinics have been set up to help and support thousands of pregnant women and new mothers who are experiencing incontinence and other issues related to the pelvic floor. Women receiving care at 14 new pilot sites will be treated throughout their pregnancy. Among the treatment, women will learn how to perform pelvic floor exercises with a physiotherapist as well as receive advice on diet with continued support and monitoring throughout. Read full story. Source: NHS England, 13 June 2021
  9. News Article
    It is more than eight years since Averil Hart died after being found passed out in her university room, but the words left in her diary are etched in her father’s mind. “She said: ‘dear God please help me’ and that was four or five days before she collapsed,” says Nic Hart. “It sums up what many young people desperately need. They need help. Here we are eight-and-a-half years on and what has changed?” Averil, who was diagnosed with anorexia aged 15, was taken to Norfolk and Norwich University hospital at 19 in a “severely malnourished” state but received no nutritional or psychiatric supp
  10. News Article
    An online trend that involves using tiny magnets as fake tongue piercings has led the NHS to call for them to be banned amid people swallowing them. Ingesting more than one of them can be life-threatening and cause significant damage within hours. In England, 65 children have required urgent surgery after swallowing magnets in the last three years. The NHS issued a patient safety alert earlier this month and is now calling for the small metal balls to be banned. It said the "neodymium or 'super strong' rare-earth magnets are sold as toys, decorative items and fake piercings
  11. News Article
    The number of children and young people waiting longer than recommended for admission to a mental health bed has increased nearly ten-fold since last summer, according to figures from one NHS region seen by HSJ. There has been major concern about worsening mental health of children and young people through the pandemic, but these are thought to be the first official figures to emerge indicating the extent of the growth in waiting times. Board papers show that, across the NHS’ South East region, from mid-March to mid-April this year, about 50 young people each week were waiting more t
  12. Content Article
    These booklets explain the recommendations in a guideline, produced by the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN), about investigating and managing epilepsy in children and young people: what epilepsy iswhat tests may be offeredinformation on risks and safety issues in epilepsywhat treatments may be offeredwhat happens when children move from child services to adult serviceswhere you can get more information.
  13. Content Article
    Click on the image or the link below to access the full Child mortality and social deprivation report.
  14. News Article
    Multiple concerns were being raised about an inpatient hospital for several years before it was rated ‘inadequate’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), HSJ has learned. Huntercombe Hospital in Maidenhead, which provides NHS-funded mental healthcare for children, was put into special measures in February after an inspection raised serious concerns over the apparent over-use of medication to sedate patients, among other issues. It has since received a further warning notice. The unit, which predominantly treats female patients, had previously been rated “good” by the CQC in 2016 and 2
  15. Content Article
    Three years ago, my then 11-year-old son developed a slightly swollen eyelid. The first out of hours GP diagnosed an allergic reaction and prescribed anti-histamines; the second diagnosed an eye infection and prescribed drops. Within days, he was admitted to hospital, his face completely unrecognisable. On admission, I suggested that he had glandular fever. I had done that frowned upon thing that patients do; my own research. A Google search had led me to the conclusion that the most likely explanation was periorbital oedema, a less common clinical feature of infectious mononucliosi
  16. News Article
    A number of “unusual infections” have been discovered among patients at the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital (RACH), prompting investigation by an NHS trust. NHS Grampian said they were taking a “very precautionary approach” and looking for any potential links that these infections could have to the hospital environment. These precautions include relocating some procedures, with the trust also warning that there may be delays in treatment for a small number of patients. They were keen to point out that the hospital will continue to admit and treat patients as normal whilst the
  17. Content Article
    My daughter, who has bipolar disorder, received her diagnosis at the very end of a 90-minute psychiatrist consultation. After spending the entire session observing her as if she were a rare specimen, the psychiatrist pronounced her ‘bipolar’, as casually as if he were giving her a driving test result. He then quickly added: “But more interestingly is the fact that your entire body twitches and jerks constantly; I think you may have Tourette’s or some other underlying neurological issue.” He told us he would not treat the symptoms of the bipolar disorder (we had arrived at
  18. News Article
    Just 10% of money allocated to help treat young people with eating disorders reached the NHS frontline, a new analysis has revealed. The latest data on NHS mental health spending comes amid concern the pandemic has exacerbated eating disorders in young people, sparking a rise in demand. A report commissioned by MPs compiled by the eating disorder charity Beat, using NHS data, shows local clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), who purchase NHS services on behalf of NHS England, spent just £1.1m of the £11m they were given for community eating disorder services in 2019-20. The mone
  19. Event
    This Westminister Education Forum policy seminar will examine priorities, policy and best practice for improving child mental health in England - with a particular focus on the impact of the pandemic Overall, key areas for discussion in this conference include: immediate priorities for supporting children’s mental health following the pandemic and a return to in-person education identifying root causes of poor mental health, and best practice for prevention assessing child mental health services, and looking at how they can be improved, including the role of inspections
  20. News Article
    Children with asthma are at risk of avoidable deaths in England because of poor NHS systems and a failure to appreciate the dangers posed by the condition. A new investigation by NHS safety watchdog the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) has revealed a series of risks to children with asthma, as concerns emerge of the impact of the pandemic on asthma patients more generally. The latest inquiry was sparked by the deaths of three children between 2014 and 2017. All were caused by asthma attacks which were later the subject of warnings by coroners. In each case HSIB said
  21. Content Article
    Safety recommendations HSIB recommends that NHS England and NHS Improvement, as a commissioning body, supports local systems to implement evidence-based interventions, such as standardised information and wheeze management plans, for the parents/ carers of pre-school children. This will be undertaken in conjunction with the British Paediatric Respiratory Society. HSIB recommends that NHS England and NHS Improvement reviews the recommendations arising from the National Review of Asthma Deaths to prioritise and ensure the implementation of recommendations that are outstanding. H
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