TIME is running out for Wearsiders to give their views on proposed changes to care for sick kids.
A consultation is currently being held by NHS South of Tyne and Wear about plans to alter children’s acute services, as reported in the Echo.
The changes could see more poorly youngsters from the North East treated in Sunderland, with a 24-hour assessment unit established at Sunderland Royal Hospital.
Inpatient services, for children who require a stay in hospital, could be provided at Sunderland Royal or the Great North Children’s Hospital at the RVI, in Newcastle.
Dr David Hambleton, director of commissioning development for NHS South of Tyne and Wear, said: “We are currently holding a public consultation about our proposed new model of care for acutely sick children and young people and we would urge people to give us their views.
Dr Geoff Lawson, consultant paediatrician at City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust, said: “I would encourage local people to take this opportunity to give their views around the proposals to improve services for acutely injured and sick children.”
The deadline for the consultation has been extended until Monday, April 30.
Go to www.sotw.nhs.uk/yoursay/consultations/ or order a questionnaire by calling 529 7374.