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Formerly Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

... but first have you tried?

  • Alder Hey children’s hospital doctors have produced a brilliant children’s symptoms checker
  • NHS 111. A highly-trained adviser, supported by healthcare professionals, they will help you right away. They will ask you a series of questions to assess your child’s symptoms. If you need urgent care will book you into be seen quickly and safely
  • This booklet, When Should I Worry – your guide to coughs, colds, ear ache and sore throats, provides useful information if you are concerned about the health of a child. You should not rely on it for children aged three months or less. Babies younger than this can respond differently to infection

Children's A&E

Our dedicated children’s accident and emergency department is open between 8am and midnight, seven days a week.  It is located in Ormskirk hospital, where children under the age of 16 are seen.

The department is staffed by registered children’s nurses, emergency nurse practitioners and children’s doctors. All children brought in are seen directly by a doctor and supervision is given by consultants from both paediatric and emergency medicine backgrounds.

For emergency surgery and trauma, they are assessed and stabilised then sent primarily to intensive care units via the North West and North Wales Transport Service.

Referrals can be made to the Community Children’s Nursing Outreach Team to provide support and care in the home environment if appropriate.

There are weekly ambulatory and medical review clinics by consultant paediatricians to review patients rapidly that are seen in the emergency department. The department has:

  • Fully equipped two-bedded resuscitation area 
  • Achieved 98% emergency access targets ensuring all patients are seen and managed within four hours of attendance.


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