Children are dying and suffering serious harm from illnesses other than coronaviruses, as parents are falsely warned to keep them out of hospital during the pandemic, according to the country’s top pediatrician.
In a harsh warning, Professor Russell Viner, president of the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), revealed that several children had been admitted to intensive care in the past week – and some had died – because they had not been seen by the doctors. rather early.
Parents are late in taking their children to hospital when they fear the virus, he added.
But there have also been reports from senior doctors that the overloaded NHS 111 helpline is giving wrong advice and telling parents to keep sick children at home.
In a statement to the Health Service Journal, Professor Viner said, “We have recently heard of a small but disturbing number of cases where children may have become very sick or even died because they have not been seen soon enough.
Speaking: Senior Pediatrician Professor Russell Viner said children are dying and suffering serious sequelae from diseases other than coronaviruses because of advice on keeping them out of hospital
“Don’t wait or worry”: Professor Viner (right) pictured with Steven Wolfe, MEP (left), urged parents to act if they were worried about their children
“Our message to parents is clear: if your child is very sick, we want to see him. We don’t want parents to wait or worry.
A pediatric intensive care nurse told the Mail on Sunday that parents of babies with life-threatening symptoms of sepsis and bronchiolitis were, in some cases, told by the hotline 111 to stay home.
The nurse added, “Everyone in pediatric A&E and general pediatrics said in the past week, the children they see are, in general, sicker than they would have been before because parents are reluctant to go to a health care facility.
“NHS Digital, which runs NHS Pathways – the sorting software used by 111 to give advice – said that there were no changes to its algorithms, which would change the advice given.
NHS England, which runs the 111 service, said, “The clear message to parents and patients is that they must continue to be heard for essential and urgent care. “
Growing pressure: despite 4,313 cases of coronavirus in Britain, mothers and fathers are advised to continue ensuring that critically ill children receive the care they need