Conditions treated by our paediatricians include:
- Congenital heart disease
- Eczema (atopic)
- Eczema (discoid)
- Eczema (varicose)
- Glue ear
- Hay fever
- Incontinence- bowel
- Incontinence urinary
- Irritable hip
- Molluscum contagiosum
- Respiratory distress syndrome
- Respiratory tract infection
- Rheumatic fever
Yeovil District Hospital takes its responsibility for Safeguarding Children very seriously and is proactive in ensuring the welfare of the children and young people with whom we work. Following the report published into the tragic death of Baby Peter and the Care Quality Commission’s review of arrangements for safeguarding children in the NHS in 2009, Yeovil District Hospital has taken a number of steps to further improve its policy and practice. The Trust is confident that we not only meet statutory regulatory requirements but have committed, well prepared and appropriately trained staff across the hospital who have well developed relationships across services, including the police and children’s social care.
In particular, the Trust Board is assured that:
- Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust meets the statutory requirement with regard to the carrying out of Criminal Records Bureau checks;
- Child protection policies and systems are up to date and robust, including a process for following up children who miss outpatient appointments;
- Eligible staff have undertaken and are up-to-date with safeguarding training at level 1. In addition, there is a regular review of other training arrangements with emerging recommendations for safeguarding training incorporated into Trust training strategy.
- The Named professionals responsible for Safeguarding are clear about their roles and have sufficient time and support to undertake them
The safeguarding of children and promotion of their welfare is everyone’s responsibility. In acute healthcare we work with many children, young people and their families in a variety of settings. At YDH we have a team of identified professionals who have a specific role in safeguarding children. Our Named Nurse and Named Doctor take the professional lead on safeguarding children’s issues, providing support, supervision and training on safeguarding children to all Trust staff, especially those involved in caring for children. In addition, Somerset’s Designated Doctor and Nurse provide an access point for information and advice to all health organisations across Somerset. The Designated Nurse also provides supervision and professional support for the Safeguarding Children Nurses in all healthcare organisations across the county.
Whilst the four professionals in the team provide an important lead and contribution to safeguarding children and young people, it must be remembered that safeguarding children is everybody’s business. The work of Trust staff in safeguarding children is wholeheartedly supported by the Trusts’ Board of Directors and safeguarding across the organisation is regularly reviewed at Board level, with the Director of Nursing taking the role of executive lead for safeguarding.