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Coming to the hospital during winter

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07 December 2022

Over the last week we’ve had unprecedented demand in our emergency department from a range of winter illnesses. This has resulted in very long waits – up to eight hours in many cases.

We know whenever your child is poorly it can be a worrying time, so we thought it would be helpful to share advice from trusted sources to help you choose the best care for you and your child.

Dr Jeff Perring, Medical Director at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust said: “Every year we plan to care for babies, children and young people with a range of winter illnesses including viruses such as bronchiolitis. We know that winter is a busy time, especially in our Emergency Department, but we’re here to care for those in need.

“We understand how worrying it can be if your child gets poorly, and we’re here if you need us. For non-emergency care please visit NHS 111 online or call 111, speak to your GP, pharmacist or go to a walk-in centre.”

Where to go for care? Choose Well advice

Information from Healthier Together website about coughs and colds (lots of other helpful advice for babies, children and young people too)

We also know families are concerned about Strep A – please read the UK Health Security Agency advice 


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