The BBC yesterday released a recorded interview with a London Nurse. The headline they used – “It was minimally affecting children in the first wave…we now have a whole ward of children here”. The article has had over 2.6 million views at the time of writing. But it has been disputed by the Professor Russell Viner, President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.
The interview was carried out on BBC Radio 5 Live between Adrian Chiles and Laura Duffel, a Left Wing Activist and Chair of the ISEL Branch Team of the Royal College of Nursing, the world’s largest Nursing Union. Laura currently works as a matron at the Kings College Hospital in Children’s Ambulatory Services, as you can see here.
Ambulatory care refers to medical services performed on an outpatient basis, without admission to a hospital or other facility (MedPAC). It is provided in settings such as:
- Offices of physicians and other health care professionals
- Hospital outpatient departments
- Ambulatory surgical centers
- Specialty clinics or centers, e.g., dialysis or infusion
- Urgent care clinics
So what that doesn’t cover is intensive care for inpatients, or any care whatsoever for inpatients.