Date lodged: 9 January 2019
To ask the Scottish Government how many children who would ordinarily have been treated at the children’s ward out-of-hours service at St John’s Hospital, Livingston, have had to be transferred to Edinburgh for treatment in each month since July 2017 when the service was closed.
Answered by: Jeane Freeman 21 January 2019
The information requested is copied in the following table which was provided by NHS Lothian.
As I made clear in my statement to Parliament in September, NHS Lothian fully share my commitment to reinstating the inpatient service at St John's as soon as possible and this will continue to receive the highest level of priority. As previously advised, I will also update Parliament on progress by the end of January.
NUMBER OF CHILDREN TRANSFERRED* FROM ST JOHN’S TO RHSC
By Month: July 2017 to 14 th January 2019
Total Transfers – 1035 **
* This includes all children transferred to RHSC, whether or not they were admitted
** Of the 1035 children transferred since July 2017, 892 required to be admitted to an inpatient bed