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Paediatric A&E attendances; findings and consequences
  1. J K Smith1,
  2. S Roth2
  1. 1
    Paediatric ST3 North Thames Rotation, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, London, UK
  2. 2
    Barnet & Chase Farm Hospital, London, UK
  1. Dr Jennifer K Smith, Paediatric ST3 North Thames Rotation, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, 70A Rosebury Road, Fulham, London SW6 2NG; icklejen1981{at}hotmail.com

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It has been apparent in recent years that the number of children attending accident and emergency (A&E) departments is increasing. There are over 200 A&E departments in the United Kingdom, most of which receive children.1 The report Accident and Emergency Services for Children2 written in conjunction with the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (1999) advocated child-friendly areas within general A&E departments that were properly equipped and had appropriately trained staff. The results mean a higher quality of service …

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