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“Winter in June” as emergency departments see surges in young children with fever

BMJ 2021; 373 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n1639 (Published 25 June 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;373:n1639
  1. Shaun Griffin
  1. London, UK

Paediatric emergency doctors around the UK are seeing a surge in anxious parents attending with children with mild fever, with one referring to the situation as “winter in June.”

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) said that many parents who have not seen fever in their children before—particularly those born during lockdown—are taking them directly to emergency departments rather than seeking help from pharmacies, GPs, NHS 111, or online.

Camilla Kingdon, college president, said, “Many emergency departments are currently overwhelmed and there has been a particularly steep rise in the number of young children presenting. Some have seen the highest ever numbers of children in their department and waiting times can …

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