"I was shocked that paediatric ..."
About: Queen Elizabeth I I Hospital (Welwyn Garden City) Queen Elizabeth I I Hospital (Welwyn Garden City) Welwyn Garden City AL7 4HQ
Posted by r*****d (as ),
What could be improved
I was shocked that paediatric A&E shuts at 9pm. My child's treatment had to be halted until another hospital had been found for an overnight stay. The Lister was full so was offered Cambridge which, in my opinion, is too far for a sick child to travel to, let alone family members.
By shutting paediatric a&e at night means that nurses end up spending their time organising transfers to other hospitals rather than providing care. It was quite obvious that they are also not happy with the night time closure and seemed to feel undermined in their role.