Triage is a rapid health assessment normally seen within A&E departments where triaging nurse identifies the acuity of the presenting complaint and handovers to another team for further investigations and/or treatment.
During triage parents are asked about child’s medical history, regular medications, recent illnesses, allergies and so on. They then move onto vital signs check where pulse, breathing rate including chest assessment, temperature, oxygen levels are checked. On occasion nurse might want to check urine, blood pressure or/and blood sugar levels depending on what are the presenting symptoms.
On the basis of gathered data from the visit a healthcare professional will make a decision to either redirect to appropriate service for further investigations or immediate treatment or will give an advise on how to look after your child at home without accessing any further healthcare services.
Places you can be redirected to with your child are:
– Urgent Care Centres
– Children’s Centres
GP referral letters will be available if your child is redirected to the GP service.
Triage slip will be given out to you after the visit with vital signs results and any other findings to assist you with accessing further help if needed or keep a copy at home for your own records.
PLEASE NOTE: This is not a 999 response for any life threatening emergencies call 999 and ask for an ambulance.
Although, we carry an emergency grab bag in case something unexpected happens during the visit we should not be alternative to an ambulance response.
Dial 999 now if your child:
– is not breathing or struggles to breathe
– is not responding to you
– skin looks blue/ purple in colour and has breathing difficulty
– has a seizure
– has an asthma attack
– any other concerns that you think needs an immediate intervention