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Printed at: 02:18:49 / 15-08-2020

PARENTS are being urged to continue to seek medical help if their children fall ill or are injured.

PARENTS are being urged to continue to seek medical help if their children fall ill or are injured.

Hospitals in Milton Keynes, Luton and Bedford have seen the number of children who need emergency care fall during the lockdown.

Medics are reminding parents that emergency departments continue to provide urgent assessment and treatment for all illnesses and injuries during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Dr James Bursell, consultant paediatrician at Milton Keynes University Hospital, said: “It is vital that parents know they can continue to access emergency care for their children in exactly the same way they always have done. Emergency departments remain open for all patients – adults and children alike – who need urgent medical help.

“We have heard that people may be staying away because they are concerned about the spread of Covid-19 infection. We have stringent infection prevention and controls in place to ensure all patients are protected from the potential spread of infection and would urge parents to continue bring their children to the emergency department if they are concerned about serious illness or injury.”

Milton Keynes University Hospital has a separate children’s emergency department, with its own entrance, waiting, assessment and treatment areas.

One parent or carer is permitted to accompany their child during hospital attendances and admissions.