Patients leaving department before being seen

There have been issues recently with parents leaving the emergency department with their children having not notified anyone that they were leaving.
In many cases I am sure that they have become fed up with waiting, but there is a risk that this might represent a safeguarding issue.
Therefore we are advised that should we become aware of such a situation we the local social services duty officer should be advised (local means local to the child's home address). I have updated the on-call numbers in the
Useful Telephone Numbers section.
The lead nurse will usually deal with this, but should you become aware of a child having left in this manner please speak to the lead nurse and ensure that one of you does advise the duty worker.

Thank you for your support in this.

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

Many of you will be aware that new safeguards have come into place for patients wha are deemed to have been deprived of their liberty. These arrangements apply to some care and nursing home residents. Should such a patient die, even if expected, the death needs to be reported to the coroner.
In most cases you will not need to take any action as it will fall to the GP or home to make the notification, but you should be aware of the regulations.
A copy of the notification form can be found in the
Forms section.
The guideline can be found in the
Guidelines section.