Lincoln Hospital has announced that it is changing its admissions process for children to A and E, after a mother from Grantham waited more than six hours to see a doctor, despite her baby having viral meningitis.
Jessica Mustafa told ITV she was worried six-week-old Maliki would die as she waited, despite the infant having a fever and a rash. He is now recovering at home after being discharged from hospital.
Lincoln hospital says over the next few weeks additional specialist doctors will now be working within the department. A and E staff will also be able to refer children directly to the paediatric team at the hospital, meaning they won't have to wait to see a doctor first.
Maliki's mother, Jessica Mustafa, responded by saying the family were 'so grateful' to all the staff on Rainforest Ward for taking such good care of their precious baby.
A spokesperson for the hospital said it was always looking for ways to reduce waits for patients - and that over the next few weeks would be improving a number of aspects in A and E, including having additional specialist doctors working within the department. This was expected to improve the service offered to all patients, including children.