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S5W-20855: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

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

MONTH

2017

2018

2019

January

 

60

22

February

 

60

 

March

 

51

 

April

 

62

 

May

 

49

 

June

 

33

 

July

47

23

 

August

41

40

 

September

67

54

 

October

57

46

 

November

93

69

 

December

83

78

 

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