NI Paediatric Network
Specialist Paediatrics are tertiary level specialities that are provided from Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children (RBHSC) at the Belfast Trust for the population of Northern Ireland. They include Paediatric Cardiology, Paediatric Neurology, Paediatric Neurodisability, Paediatric Neurosurgery, Paediatric Endocrinology, Paediatric Gastroenterology and others.
These services look after the sickest, most complex children in Northern Ireland. However, given the small paediatric population in Northern Ireland and the distribution of children, there is a need to make sure children can receive services as close to home as possible.
The other four Trusts in Northern Ireland all have paediatric services, including inpatient units. The strategy for specialist paediatrics in Northern Ireland is to develop strong, high quality, sustainable specialist services in Belfast which, as well as managing patients in Belfast will support the management of children closer to home in partnership with local paediatricians.
The aim of this network is to support DGHs providing paediatric care to develop the capacity to safely and effectively treat complex diseases closer to family’s homes in Northern Ireland.