Paediatric A&E Open As Usual

St George’s team remind parents the children’s emergency department is still open

One of London’s busiest hospitals has reminded parents that its children’s emergency department is still open despite the coronavirus outbreak.

St George’s Hospital in Tooting is the largest healthcare provider in South Wesr London and a major teaching hospital.
Yesterday (April 15) the hospital sent out a statement on Twitter reminding parents that the children’s emergency department is still operating as normal, after seeing a drop in the number of attendances.

Dr Maya Kerr, a member of the paediatric team, said: “We have noticed in the last weeks that there’s been a drop in the number of children coming to A&E. We are still here and should your child be unwell, we’d really like to see them.

“Please if you want advice ring 111 or see your GP first, but if you are concerned, or it’s an emergency, please bring them to A&E. It is really important that parents do this even in the time of Covid-19.

As of Wednesday 15 April 2020, 179 patients had sadly died at St George’s having tested positive for Coronavirus (Covid-19).
The trust said: “Our thoughts are with the families of the patients affected – and, in all cases, we would ask that their privacy is respected at this time.”

At yesterday’s government press briefing (April 15) it was announced that the numbers of people in hospital with coronavirus had dropped five per cent in London over the last 24 hours – compared to one per cent in the UK as a whole. 

It is hoped that serious coronavirus cases are stabilising in the capital.

Sian Bayley - Local Democracy Reporter

April 16, 2020