Who we are?

We are a team of Children’s Nurse in the community who work with paediatric doctors at the hospital to monitor and care for your child at home when

  • Your child is recovering after a hospital stay but still requires some monitoring by our nurses and doctors
  • Your child has attended the Emergency Departments (A&E) and the doctors there have asked us to carry out an additional assessment after you return home
  • Your child has been seen by your GP or other healthcare professional and they have asked us to assess and monitor your child’s condition at home
  • We will support your child via telephone assessments and home visits with a nurse and, if required, video assessments with the doctors

What can you expect?

The Children’s Community Nurses (CCNs) will make contact to assess your child’s condition and will offers either a home visit or a telephone follow-up call

The CCN will ask you some questions to assess your child’s condition and progress

During a home visit they will carry out observations – for example, checks on temperature, heart rate, breathing, blood pressure and possibly other tests that have been requested, like urine tests and blood, glucose monitoring.

The CCN will offer support and advice on your child’s progress and will agree another phone call appointment or visit

If your child’s condition changes, they may require a video assessment with a hospital doctor.

If your child’s condition has improved and no longer requires monitoring, your child will be discharged from the Hospital@Home service.

Worried about your child?

Use traffic light advice

Green

If your child has none of the symptoms in the amber or red categories, continue to look after them at home

Continue to follow your CCN Hospital@Home advice

Amber

If you are worried about your child at any time but they do not have any of the red flags below

Seek medical advice:

Please call CCN H@H on 01865 902700 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week

Or GP Out of Hours via NHS111

Red

  • If your child has blue lips
  • OR if your child is unresponsive
  • OR if your child is struggling to breathe
  • OR if your child has unusually long pauses in breath
  • OR if your child has an irregular breathing pattern
  • OR any other emergency situation

You need emergency help

Call 999: You need to be seen at an emergency department (A&E)

Page last reviewed: 15 July, 2022