Health.  With six pediatricians instead of nine, even in Cherbourg, the service is under strain

Health. With six pediatricians instead of nine, even in Cherbourg, the service is under strain

The saturated pediatric emergency rooms in Cherbourg (Manche) can no longer provide guidance or advice over the phone. (©DP)

“Two weeks have passed since the arrival of the winter epidemics and pediatric intensive care units are once again saturated. »

This Tuesday, October 25, 2022 senational assembly handed over broad concerns of caregivers. Pediatrics is under pressure everywhere in France. Especially withoutbreak of bronchiolitis which thrives.

AND Cherbourg (Channel) is no exception. “The the tense situation in adult and children’s emergency rooms continuescommunicate CHPC. Pediatricians can no longer provide guidance or advice over the phone. »

6 pediatricians

Six pediatricians work at the hospital in Cherbourg. They should be new. The operation of the service is assisted by the reinforcement of a retired pediatrician and part-time workers. Nurses from other departments also come to work overtime.

The service quickly became saturated

“We have, I don’t know how many calls, it can’t be handled,” sums up the carer from the Cherbourg children’s department.

“Usually we have reinforcements, but the epidemic is particularly early and intense this year. We could not have predicted. »

Doctor Thierry MaugardPrimary teacher of the children’s department of CHPC

The staff then do their best to meet the high demand.

“There are peaks like lunch or evening when patients can wait almost 4 hours “, Pediatrician details.

Especially because” since 2020, we have resumed numerous consultations, such as stitches or minor trauma, to unclog adult cases. and number of consultations thus almost doubled “, reports the caregiver.

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“The continuation of the epidemic is difficult to predict, but there is often a lull with the holidays. On the other hand, it can start again at the beginning of the school year.”

Doctor Thierry Maugard Primary teacher of the children’s department of CHPC

In 24 hours, the children’s emergency room can accommodate more than 60 patientswhen it usually revolves around twenty entries in summer or between 30 and 40 in September. The problem should normally be solved “as early as Novemberwith the recruitment of adult emergency staff and therefore the restoration of this care by the service,” assures Dr Maugard.

Consult your doctor first

Everywhere in France, services scream it: they lack of staff, resources… So the state launched “ immediate action plan and announced the unlock 150 million euros. A solution that, according to caregivers, cannot be a “miracle”.

“We currently have six pediatricians instead of nine. Fortunately, we get help from Dr. Saumureau, who even in retirement comes to help us. »

Doctor Thierry MaugardPrimary teacher of the children’s department of CHPC

The epidemic also stresses shortcomings of the pediatric service.

The service is smallthere is no room, assures the carer. The bronchiolitis virus is tough this year, it is necessary to scope, that is, to constantly monitor the vital parameters of many cases. But we have no more room, so some remain on standby. As a result, this continuous monitoring cannot be done,” he says.

The morale of the troops is at an all-time low due to violence.

“However, we are a well-rounded team, but we have more and more stoppages. It’s physically tiring because you have to run all the time. But even morally, we have the impression that we do not take care of our little patients as we should. »

Doctor Thierry MaugardPrimary teacher of the children’s department of CHPC

A complaint that the head of pediatrics relativizes.

The service is not great, but the problem is not so simple. In double rooms during a respiratory epidemic, a patient with only one contaminated with the same virus can be placed. Without an epidemic, the service holds “, explains doctor Thierry Maugard.

Then there is no quick fixbut the pediatric service is convinced: “It will also be relieved by an appeal to the residents’ responsibility”.

Caregivers summarize: If the child is older than 3 months and eats without very high fevers, you should consult your general practitioner. “. Message also launched by CHPC: “Contact your doctor before going to the emergency room. »

The fact remains that contaminated toddlers “get tired quickly”. The nursing staff insists: “If the baby is less than 3 months old, has a fever above 38°C, is no longer eating or breathing poorly, especially with a collapsed stomach, or really sleeps a lot, you need to come! »

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