42% rise in A&E visits by children with common illnesses

42% rise in A&E visits by children with common illnesses

Research has found a rise in the number of children taken to A&E departments of English hospitals with common illnesses.

Experts in Nottingham have noted a 42% increase in the decade to 2008.

Ten common medical problems account for 85% of visits, including breathing difficulties, fever, stomach upsets and coughing.

It is being blamed on patchy out-of-hours care across England.

The study was carried out by experts from Nottingham Children's Hospital and the University of Nottingham Medical School, and published in the Emergency Medical Journal.


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