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Hospitals must be child friendly, says report

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7394.840 (Published 19 April 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:840
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    The Department of Health for England has announced a radical shake up in the way hospitals are organised to meet the needs of children.

    New standards set out in the first part of the national service framework for children will require hospitals to provide child friendly services, including dedicated children's units in emergency departments, separate and private facilities for adolescents, play areas and teachers for children on wards, and the sort of food that children want to eat.

    In a direct response to the Laming inquiry into …

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