CHILDREN’S doctors at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have put out another call for parents and carers to complete a short, anonymous survey to help them deliver the best-possible care during and after the pandemic.

Consultant Paediatrician and Children’s Ambulatory Care Lead, Dr Mat Mathai, and GP trainee Victor Animasahun aim to use the poll’s results to shape care and meet the varied needs of young patients and their parents and carers.

If you have not yet completed the survey, please help us deliver even better hospital services for our children and young people.

Dr Animasahun said: “Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, there have been changes in how parents and carers have sought help for their children when they are unwell.

“Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, together with community partners, is now running a short anonymous survey to get your views on how you would like to get the right help for your child when they are unwell.

“We hope to use the results of this survey to develop our services with you.”

Dr Mathai added: “Nationally and locally we have seen a reduction in children presenting to A&E and referred to paediatric units in hospital for their acute illness.

Reflect needs

“This doesn’t appear to have resulted in a significant increase in late presentations to hospital. Families have been managing their children’s symptoms differently and safely.

“We are really keen to know how they would like to access care in the coming months and years and develop services that more closely reflect their needs.”

Paediatric doctors at Bradford Teaching Hospitals recently became the first in the UK to partner with TytoCare, the healthcare industry’s first all-in-one, handheld device and AI-powered telehealth platform which provides remote, real-time examinations for children and young people.

The device enables comprehensive and clinical grade physical exams of the heart, lungs, skin, ears and throat, and measures body temperature and heart rate, to enable remote assessment and management of patients.

The project has been spearheaded by the Trust’s Ambulatory Care Experience (ACE) team, which cares for children in the comfort of their own home, preventing unnecessary admissions.

The paediatric team’s survey also seeks the views of parents and carers on remote appointments using video and telephone.

If you have not completed the survey already, please click here to do so.

Huge thanks to everyone who has already completed the survey for some really helpful feedback, and being part of developing care for our children and young people.

ENDS

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