Award nomination for initiative

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A PROJECT designed to improve the care children receive in hospital has been shortlisted for a top award.

The children’s urgent care project, which operates two pilot schemes out of West Suffolk Hospital, in Bury St Edmunds, is in the running for a Health Service Journal award.

It has been shortlisted for the ‘enhancing quality and efficiency of services for children category’ at the awards. The winner will be announced at a ceremony on Tuesday.

The initiative, co-led by West Suffolk Hospital’s consultant paediatrician Melanie Clements, was split into five different pilot schemes in the East.

In Bury, children were encouraged to give feedback on the care they received, using voice recorders, internet surveys and by drawing pictures.

The initiative was designed to reduce unecessary hospital admissions and provided GPs with a direct telephone hotline to the hospital paediatricians.

Dr Clements said: “We are delighted that this important work has been shortlisted for such a prestigious award.”

She said it is hoped that the scheme will be rolled out across the area in the near future.