Children’s rapid response service in Luton – reducing A&E admissions
This session will focus on a dedicated children’s rapid response team which was set up in Luton to reduce A&E admissions, minimise the length of time children spend in hospital and improve out of hospital care. The service was set up after a review found that six common acute conditions accounted for 85% of emergency activity involving children – respiratory problems, fever, diarrhoea and vomiting, accidental injuries (including head injury), abdominal pain and fits and fainting. Urgent care pathways for these conditions have been designed to guide local GPs and patients are now able to call NHS 111 and be referred directly to the team. During the session, data will be shared demonstrating how the service has led to improved patient care and reduced pressure on A&E, hospital paediatric teams and GPs.