Children’s A&E opening extended until midnight from 19 October

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

The children’s accident and emergency department at Ormskirk hospital closed between 10pm and 8am daily from Monday 6 April this year. 

The decision to temporarily close overnight was made because Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust could not maintain safe and consistent medical cover against the background of the surging COVID-19 pandemic.

It was taken on the advice and recommendation of a team of senior trust doctors. 

The team have conducted a fresh assessment of the service, taking into consideration the impact of schools reopening and upcoming winter pressures. 

Chief executive Trish Armstrong-Child said: “A significant workforce challenge remains around 24/7 cover given the uncertainty around COVID infections and the continued, and potential, impact on staffing.  

“However, I am pleased to say the clinical team have been able to strengthen cover available to extend the opening hours. 

“From Monday 19 October 2020 when new rosters come into effect, children’s A&E will open from 8am to midnight.” 

A review will take place in January 2021 to assess the impact of the pandemic on the service.