Hyslop Welcomes Announcement of 24/7 Paediatric Inpatient Services to Resume at St. Johns Hospital from October

Hyslop welcomes the announcement from NHS Lothian that 24/7 paediatric services at St. Johns can resume this autumn.

NHS Lothian will reinstate paediatric services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, from October, to enhance the care already provided to children in West Lothian.

The details were agreed by NHS Lothian board members at their meeting on Wednesday 12th August.

This means that inpatient paediatrics will be extended from functioning four nights a week, to seven days and nights by October 19th, 2020.

Parents and families are not required to do anything differently as a result of the change and will still access care in the normal way, through NHS 24, their GP or the Emergency Department.

Fiona commented:

‘This is great news for West Lothian families. St Johns Children’s Ward reopening 24/7 means children will be cared for around the clock in our local hospital.’

‘The return of 24/7 paediatric care at St. Johns is down to persistent and positive campaigning. I would like to recognise the considerable efforts of Angela Constance MSP, Councillor Janet Campbell and local families’

‘I was involved from the start in the submissions to the Royal College review which contributed to reaching this very positive conclusion for families in West Lothian’