Parents benefit from improved care in the community as Paediatricians run clinics in GP practices
08 October 2019
Local parents are benefitting from more specialist care closer to home thanks to a unique partnership involving NHS Southend Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (SUHFT), Southend Borough Council and A Better Start Southend.
Local partners have worked together to develop an innovative
Joint Paediatric Clinic that sees paediatricians working with GP
colleagues to offer joint consultations closer to children's
Before now if a child has a health condition that requires a
paediatrician's attention, they are referred by a GP to the
hospital. For parents and children alike, visits like these can be
a stressful experience. The new Joint Paediatric Clinics
allow children to be seen locally within the community and treated
closer to home by the most appropriate person for their needs in an
environment they recognise and feel safe in. GPs can then continue
to care for the child after the Paediatrician has made an
Alongside the benefits for parents, the clinics will facilitate
a more joined up approach improving collaboration and communication
between healthcare professionals, as well as helping children
receive an improved standard of care and better access to more
specialist care where appropriate.
Dr Naina Emcy, Paediatric Consultant, Southend Hospital,
said: "The aim is to provide easier appointments and local
consultations with a more joined up care approach. This will
improve the quality of services provided to local parents and it's
a lot more relaxed than attending hospital as parents and children
are more used to attending a GP practice setting. This also makes
it easier to discuss any concerns and removes any additional stress
for both the parents and child."
Dr Natverlal Shah, based at North Avenue Surgery, Southend
said: "The Joint Paediatric Clinics are beneficial for GP
education and collaborative working as well as the additional
benefit of bringing high quality care closer to home for patients
as well as a reduction in waiting time. When you have stressed
parents you have stressed babies so these clinics will go a long
way to alleviating some of those issues."
Cllr Anne Jones, cabinet member for children and learning,
said: "This new way of working has been commissioned to give
the child and their family the medical care they need in the
familiar surroundings of their GP practice. It is a great example
of how collaborative working between organisations can improve the
experience for the child and their family, keeping them safe and
Stephanie Farr, Assistant Director at A Better Start Southend,
said: "A Better Start Southend is delighted to be working with
our Partners in progressing the innovative Joint Paediatric
Clinics. Access to high quality, appropriate care in a convenient
setting is something that will greatly benefit Southend's young
children and families and we look forward to seeing how this
exciting project develops."
The clinics, which started in Spring this year, will initially
be focused in the East Central Locality of Southend, with funding
from A Better Start Southend benefiting families in the Kursaal and
Victoria wards in Southend.
Towards the end of this year, it is hoped that the Joint
Paediatric Clinics will be rolled out in all areas across south
east Essex and will be rolled out in Canvey from October.
An information video explaining the benefits of the service has
also been produced and can be accessed via https://youtu.be/Hr-DK-KfTYw.