Home-visiting scheme could improve toddlers’ safety
A national home-visiting scheme could help to improve toddlers’ safety by helping to prevent injuries at home. The Royal College of Emergency Medicine and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) claim that the scheme would make a “huge difference” as the NHS would save money and pressure on A&E departments would be reduced. Under-fives are known for having bumps and tumbles, meaning that they are more prone to injuries, particularly around the home, resulting in around half a million toddlers visiting emergency departments in England’s hospitals each year.
It is predicted that a new sustained £20m home-visiting programme with professional safety advisors could result in the amount of emergency treatment required by under-fives falling by 30%. Using the Department for Health’s cost figures, officials have estimated that the scheme would save the health service around £40m.
The scheme would begin first in England and would later be available across the UK, and professional advisors would work with health visitors to offer education, advice and equipment where necessary. Michael Corley from the RoSPA added that the programme would be an important part of tackling the growing pressure being put on emergency departments.