Emergency children’s surgery in South Yorkshire brought together at Sheffield Children’s Hospital due to coronavirus

Emergency children’s surgery in South Yorkshire, Bassetlaw and Chesterfield are being brought together at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, as all hospital trusts work together in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

It comes as NHS England has directed the Trusts, as an emergency measure, to move emergency children’s surgery and some high dependency children’s care into Sheffield Children’s Hospital for the duration of the pandemic. 

Ruth Brown, Deputy Chief Executive at Sheffield Children’s said: “It is so important that children can continue to get the urgent care they need.

“At Sheffield Children’s we have the clinical staff and facilities to make sure children can receive expert care, and the capacity to support these additional patients safely and without impacting the quality of care. By doing so, we can also support our much busier neighbouring hospitals.

“We understand that this means some patients will be further from home than usual, so we will be doing everything we can to make a home-from-home for children and their parents so they are comfortable during their stay with us,” she added.

Like all other UK hospitals, Sheffield Children’s has undertaken extensive preparation work for the peak of the Covid-19 outbreak.

Around 20 emergency surgery cases per week will be transferred to Sheffield Children’s Hospital from across South Yorkshire, Bassetlaw and Chesterfield. This will impact children needing emergency surgery for conditions like appendicitis, fractures, severe injuries and burns.

This move, according to Sheffield Children’s, is not related to providing treatment for children who may have COVID-19, or alter Emergency Department arrangements.

These changes are expected to be in place for the duration of the Covid-19 response, and will be reviewed regularly by the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Integrated Care System (ICS).

Anyone who is worried about the health of their child, or whether they have contracted coronavirus, is advised to contact NHS 111.