Key recommendations include improvements to facilities for young people, access to education, and information for children and families.
The latest Children in Hospital Survey 2018-19 which takes an in depth look at the provision of parental visiting, family facilities and ward procedures in Scottish hospitals that admit children and young people has been released by Children’s Health Scotland (this link will take you away from our website).
The survey report was launched at a Scottish Parliamentary Reception, sponsored by Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP, on Wednesday 30 October 2019 and improvements in the provision of information, education and food are among the recommendations outlined in the key findings.
Commenting on the launch of the survey report Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:
“Since 1985, Children’s Health Scotland has carried out periodic surveys of Scottish NHS hospitals admitting children and young people. This latest survey highlights the good practice and progress that has been made in the provision of children’s services in hospitals, whilst also identifying areas where improvements need to be made. It is an important piece of research and one which I hope will help to shape the future of services for children and young people in our hospitals.”
Maree Todd MSP, Minister for Children and Young People added:
“Being in hospital is a difficult time for anyone let alone children and young people and I am pleased that the findings in this survey show there is high quality support for them while they receive treatment from the NHS.
“We will continue to build on the good work and sustain improvement so that children, young people and their families receive the best possible care.”
The survey results have been benchmarked against the ten articles of the European Association for Children in Hospital (EACH) Charter, key standards for paediatric care. EACH is an international umbrella organisation open to European non-governmental, non-profit national associations involved in the welfare of children in hospital and other healthcare services.
The EACH Charter echoes many of the articles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), soon to be incorporated into Scots Law.