If you have called NHS 111 and been advised to make your way to the Childrens A&E at Sunderland Royal Hospital between 10pm and 8am then please do so safely.
If however, you don't have the means for transport, during those hours, then feel free to call us to arrange transport FREE OF CHARGE
This is a project run by a group of volunteers that have come together to provide some relief from the stresses and anxieties of having to find transport at an already stressful time.
As part of the South Tyneside and Sunderland Trust's "Path To Excellence" reforms, the Trust chose to close the Children's A&E services, in South Tyneside, between the hours of 10pm and 8am each night on 5th August 2019.
This decision continues to be challenged by the Save South Tyneside Hospital campaign which is a separate organisation from the Pegasus Project.
Unfortunately for the residents of the borough this decision made by the Trust left parents in the difficult position of having to travel up to a further 7 miles in the middle of the night, with a "poorly" child i.e. one that does not require an emergency ambulance. In doing so, the Trust made no provisions whatsoever to support parents that are directly affected by their decision to remove that service provision in South Tyneside.
Sadly for some parents, they may not have the means to be able to get to the Trusts designated treatment post if they believe their child requires it or have been advised by the NHS 111 service to present their "poorly" child at the Children's A&E department at Sunderland Royal Hospital under their own means.
We believe this delay in receiving treatment could be potentially life threatening, so we seek to provide a service that addresses that risk in an appropriate manner.
The Trust decided, that the Children's A&E department at South Tyneside Hospital will close between the hours of 10pm and 8am each night and are being advised by the Trust and NHS 111 to attend the CHildren's A&E department at the Sunderland Royal Hospital instead.
At what could be a very stressful time and possibly with no other means of transport, we are happy to provide transport for a "poorly" child and in most cases ONE parent/guardian to the Children's A&E department at the Sunderland Royal Hospital, FREE OF CHARGE, between the hours of 10pm and 8am each night
We must be clear that this project is NOT offering URGENT MEDICAL ATTENTION itself (PLEASE CALL 999 instead), we are offering a safe means of transport to SUNDERLAND ROYAL HOSPITAL for those that have been adivsed by NHS 111 to attend the Children's A&E department there.
A vehicle (supplied by Vic Youngs, South Shields) will be provided with a driver and chaperone for safety reasons who will be fully DBS checked and first aid trained as a minimum.
While we hope residents will never need to use this service, we hope that this service will benefit those in need, while no other provision is offered by the Trust themselves.
Copyright Pegasus Project 2019