Date lodged: 21 June 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions it has had with NHS Lothian regarding the full reopening of the St John’s Hospital children’s ward to out-of-hours inpatients.
Answered by: Jeane Freeman 10 July 2018
NHS Lothian has given an assurance that the Board is committed to increasing staffing levels and reinstating the 24/7 model for the Children's Ward at St John's Hospital. I recently wrote to the Acting Chief Executive of NHS Lothian to request a further report on the progress made by the end of the summer.
The Scottish Government continues to support NHS Lothian to ensure patient safety and work in partnership with the staff and others to resolve recruitment issues and deliver sustainable paediatric services.