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Children’s Illnesses – appropriate alternatives to A&E

Children’s Illnesses – appropriate alternatives to A&E from Lancashire Teaching Hospitals on Vimeo.

We are currently seeing an increasing number of children arrive in our Emergency Department at Royal Preston and the same is true of all surrounding hospitals.  

For many this was not the best place for them to receive their care.

The majority of these children were streamed to the urgent care provider following initial assessment by our triage nurse, so they did not  have to experience a long  waiting in A&E.

Our children’s assessment unit and ward have been very busy too.

We totally understand that parents may be concerned, especially if their child is young and this is the first time they have been unwell. 

However please remember that fevers and sniffles are very common  in young children and usually aren't serious.

The majority of illnesses in children are minor and can be managed safely at home with help from the pharmacy, GP, Health visitor and advice from dialling 111.

We would ask that children who can be safely managed in the community do not come to hospital so we can ensure our services flow well and very sick children can be seen and managed quickly. This will also mean that you and your child do not experience an unnecessary delay in getting the right treatment. 

There are a few children who are more seriously ill and all primary care professionals have been trained to identify red flags and they know who should be referred to hospital.

Be assured, all children who need urgent help in hospital will receive it.

Always seek medical advice if your baby or child:

  • is under three months old and has a temperature of 38C (100F) or higher
  • is three to six months old and has a temperature of 39C (102F) or higher
  • has a fever lasting for more than five days, or is becoming more unwell
  • is not drinking well or is dehydrated with fewer than two wet nappies a day
  • develops a red rash that doesn't fade when a glass is rolled over it
  • has a fit or convulsion
  • is crying constantly, or it doesn't sound like their normal cry


Get in touch

Chorley and South Ribble Hospital

Preston Road



01257 261222

Royal Preston Hospital

Sharoe Green Lane




01772 716565

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