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I’m unusually grateful to Alex Cole-Hamilton for drawing my attention to the above report. He managed to find something slightly negative about information on ward procedures to ask the Health Secretary about yesterday. What, lack of information? Heads must roll! Contact Lisa at the BBC.

Anyhow, I thought I’d have a look at the full report and, surprise, surprise, Cole-Hamilton has not drawn our attention to some very positive stuff about the experience of children in Scottish hospitals. I feel sure Reporting Scotland would love to report on it and use that cute photograph too. Either of them I suppose. Oh, no wait, she’s not crying. It won’t do.

So, here are the highlights, put together for you impartially, of course, by the staff at Reporting Scotland Up:

  • The small dip (11%) in provision in open visiting for parent/carers in paediatric wards notwithstanding, the provision of unrestricted visiting has remained high (88% or above) in paediatric, neonatal and adult wards that admit children, while there has been a substantial increase in open visiting for siblings in paediatric and neonatal wards (no sibling visiting data for adult wards was collected).
  • High percentages (above 89%) of paediatric neonatal and adult wards/units can accommodate at least one parent at night and there have been substantial increases since 2012/13, by at least 25%, in the provision of accommodation for both parents in neonatal units and adult wards.
  • Compared to 2012/13, there have been substantial increases (16-43%) in the provision of a sitting room, kitchen and laundry facilities in paediatric wards and neonatal units.
  • In both paediatric wards and neonatal units there have been substantial increases (47-57%) in the availability of self-catering facilities for resident and non-resident parents/carers.
  • Access to spiritual care is virtually universal in all wards/units surveyed, with the biggest increase (32%) in adult wards admitting children.
  • Access to a social worker is higher in paediatric wards (increase from 70% to 77%) and adult wards (increase from 84% to 100%); in neonatal units it has fallen to 67%.
  • Translation and interpretation of spoken communications is available to families in nine out of ten paediatric wards and to children and young people in eight out of ten paediatric wards.
  • In nine out of ten wards young people can consent to treatment in their own right and be given the opportunity to be seen by clinical staff on their own at admission.
  • The ability of parents/carers to accompany their child to the theatre and stay with them until they are asleep, and to be with their child in the ward after surgery, is almost universal and in each case represents a small increase in these practices (7% and 3%, respectively) since 2012/13.

Click to access 191016-Children-in-Hospital-Survey-2018-19-FINAL.pdf