Poorly children diverted as Worcestershire ward shuts

Poorly children had to be diverted to hospitals dozens of miles away after a children’s ward became full.

The situation at Worcestershire Royal Hospital is now being monitored by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The paediatric ward was closed to admissions on 18 November and 8 December after coming under “increased pressure”, the CQC said.

The hospital said it was still able to treat young people elsewhere in the hospital on the December occasion.

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust is relying on beds in Worcester having closed its children’s ward in Redditch in September.

Sources have told the BBC that ambulances carrying children have been diverted as far afield as Coventry, Hereford and Dudley.

Full story at BBC News 22 December 2016