The Community Children’s Nursing Team (CCNT) in Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board are currently undertaking a pilot service to support Care Closer to Home for children & young people in the areas of Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taff.
The pilot model, which started on July 11, aims to provide extended nursing service provision to children and young people in community settings to enable earlier discharge from acute paediatric sites and to prevent the need to attend acute sites for essential nursing care during evenings, weekends and Bank Holidays.
Gail Clack, deputy head of nursing for children and young people, said: “The Covid-19 pandemic is a time of significant uncertainty for the public and colleagues and it is crucial that we work together to ensure that children and young people and their families are supported seven days a week.
“This change in service is a result of family anxieties around attending acute areas for unscheduled care along with Covid-19 issues of respiratory illness.
“It also addresses requests from health professionals to undertake care in community settings in order to facilitate earlier discharges and provide ongoing care and support safely at home.
“This pilot service provides a proactive response to these anxieties and identified needs during this period.”
The Care Closer to Home service will be available on Monday to Friday between 9 am and 8pm and from 9 am to 5 pm on weekends, providing care for children up to 16 years of age, and up to 18 years if the patient is already known to a paediatrician.
Pictured from left to right are: Judith Lewis CCN, Charlotte Walters HCSW and Jessica Lewis, HCSW