A senior NHS official was concerned that children with non-Covid-19 illnesses would go to hospital too late and suffer as a result, said an email leaked by BBC Newsnight.
Potential causes of late presentation include a joint recommendation given regarding Covid-19; the entry of people affected by NHS 111 and the parents’ concern about bringing children to hospital during the coronavirus pandemic.
Comments from the National Clinical Director for Children and Youth of NHS England appeared on the same day as figures confirmed that the number of A&E participants had decreased by 29% compared to the same period last year.
The NHS England and the Department of Health and Welfare have said that people should seek urgent care at all times.
They added that seniors with critical considerations for their baby’s well-being should use the NHS 111 or 999 name web service in an emergency.
Ambulance “too busy”
The email, dated March 31, details a number of examples from part of the UK. The children described were only between 10 years and six months old.
In one case, a mother said she was ready to speak with NHS 111 for more than 60 minutes while her baby “stopped” – medical terminology for the center or respiratory arrest. The baby died later.
In another case mentioned in the email, a mother says that she was informed that the ambulance service was too busy while her baby was “semi-conscious and vomiting”.
And another group of fogeys would not have taken their sick baby to the hospital for 5 days because they thought there was “a risk in the hospitals of Covid-19”. The baby also died.
The email clarified that this evidence was ultimately anecdotal.
Dr. Martin Marshall, President of the Royal College of GPs, said that children who came to see documents with signs similar to Covid-19 were “more likely to have a non-Covid condition.”
Dr. Richard Brown, pediatrician guide at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, mentioned that there had been “recurring themes” like ruptured appendages, extreme sepsis in younger children who had not come to the hospital as quickly as they needed to.
He added that it was not just among the children that they had seen a drop in the number of people coming to seek medical care.
“The kinds of things that we expect to see in general practice and that we fear we won’t see would be an early presentation of cancer type symptoms, for example, that we usually recognize and refer quickly for evaluation.” “
Anecdotally, fewer patients than doctors expect come to them with coronary problems and strokes. Some documents have informed Newsnight that they keep notes on victims who may have received suboptimal care as a result of assets being hijacked elsewhere.
NHS England medical director Stephen Powis on Thursday inspired those in need of emergency care – along with those of sick children – to seek care “as you always have” – and the chief medical officer Acting Scotland mentioned that elements of the welfare service were “strangely calm”.
Experts say they assume there will be a spike in all mortality triggers – death from all totally different causes, not just Covid-19. This has been reported as a possible drawback in assessments of the previous epidemic with the 2009 swine flu pandemic
“We know that in previous pandemics both abroad and in the UK, when they struck, mortality from other conditions increased,” said Dr. Marshall, including: “In the flu crisis 10 years ago in the UK we saw a higher death rate from heart attacks and strokes. “
All the Newsnight docs spoke, in addition to the federal government, urged individuals to hunt medical aid in case they wanted to.
“The important message I want to get across today is that critically ill children must go to the emergency room. We can keep children safe and will continue to do so if we receive these referrals, “said Dr. Brown.