Mum worried about child safety after baby has 10-hour wait before being admitted to hospital

A Worksop mother says she's worried about the safety of other children, after waiting more than 10 hours for her poorly son to be admitted to hospital.

Ashlea Crowder took Edward, who had gastroenteritis, to Bassetlaw Hospital just after 4pm.

He was eventually treated at Doncaster Credit: ITV News

Edward though was later transferred to Doncaster, and not admitted until the early hours of the next day.

The Children's Ward at Bassetlaw is currently closed overnight due to staff shortages and safety concerns.

What is going to come to for them to actually realise that it is having a massive affect on children and families? What is it going to lead to from the child's point of view. It was unbelievable really, it's not acceptable.

Ashlea Crowder, Edward's mother

Moira Hardy, Acting Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Quality at the Trust, said: “The Children’s Ward at Bassetlaw Hospital is currently closed to admissions from 7pm due staffing issues. This means that those needing overnight observation are safely transferred to Doncaster Royal Infirmary, ensuring the most appropriate treatment is received by every child.

I am pleased that Edward has made a full recovery, however in this instance their appears to have been a lapse in communication and I apologise for any additional discomfort this has caused. Ensuring our patients receive the highest standard of care is our upmost priority and we review issues so that we can learn how we can improve our patients' hospital experience, whilst maintaining safety.

Moira Hardy, Acting Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Quality

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