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Child-friendly medication at Russell's Hall Hospital

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My daughter is a regular in-patient at Dudley Group NHS (Russell's Hall Hospital) - Paediatrics, due to her asthma. Her treatment is always the same - nebulisers, steroids and antibiotics. 

Previously the hospital used to give children soluble steroids as part of their treatment as this is easier for them to take. Over the last 12 months these have been replaced with a non-soluble variety, which are being crushed and soaked in water for children to take - I reiterate, these steroids are not intended to be soluble, thus do not dilute correctly!

These 'non-soluble' (attempted diluted) are making most children  vomit and more distressed than they are already are, thus needing the medications to be re-issued and re-attempted.  Many of the doctors and nurses at Dudley Group NHS (Russell's Hall Hospital) from conversations I had with them believe that this is "absolutely stupid" (quote - unnamed doctor) and "ridiculous" (quote [another] unnamed doctor).  These have been withdrawn due to cost implications, however I would argue that this is a cost-neutral benefit and prescriptions are having to be made twice (sometimes 3 times) because the medication is no longer child-friendly.

That said, the Dudley Group NHS (Russell's Hall Hospital) are quite prepared to use soluble steroids if they are provided for them (during our most recently in-patient stay, Russell's Hall Hospital used our soluble steroids that we provided to us by our GP as part of a rescue pack). We had no problem in getting our child to take these, but regularly heard children unduly becoming distressed/vomiting because of this problem.

DON'T DISTRESS PARENTS AND CHILDREN ANYMORE THAN THEY ALREADY ARE, BY 'FORCING' A NON-CHILD FRIENDLY MEDICATION ON THEM, ESPECIALLY WHEN A "CHILD FRIENDLY ALTERATIVE IS AVIALABLE ON THE NHS !!



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