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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-09995: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 27 June 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5T-00624 by Shona Robison on 27 June 2017 (Official Report, c. 10), what the impact has been on services at the Royal Sick Kids Hospital in Edinburgh of it treating additional patients as a result of the closure of the children's ward at St John's Hospital to inpatients, and what discussions it has had with NHS Lothian regarding this.

Answered by: Shona Robison 19 July 2017

In 2015, when the current temporary model was in operation for a 6 week period, an average of 1.7 patients per day presented at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children (RHSC). This did not have a detrimental effect upon the services on offer within the RHSC. NHS Lothian has indicated that the average number of children attending from West Lothian whilst the temporary model is in place is likely to be similar.

The Board has confirmed that the first 3-days of the temporary model, resulted in a total of 5 children presenting at the RHSC.

The Scottish Government meets with the Board on a regular basis to discuss matters of importance to the people of Lothian, including paediatric services.

The out of hours model was implemented for the first time on Friday 7 July and the Scottish Government has asked NHS Lothian to monitor its impact upon the RHSC.