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A new hospital law will reorganise Luxembourg's peadiatric services, giving parents more choice on where to take sick or injured children from 1 March.
Due to logistical issues, it will still be impossible to guarantee a paediatrician in every emergency room. However, the new law takes steps in that direction.
While most emergencies and complex or serious illnesses will continue to be treated by the Kannerklinik's specialised hospital facility in Luxembourg City, three new care units will be established in order to ensure better care throughout the country.
These new care units will have a paediatrician on duty from 8am to 8pm to treat incoming emergencies. The three hospitals taking part in this new scheme will be the Centre Hospitalier Emile Mayrisch (CHEM) in Esch, the Hôpitaux Robert Schuman in Kirchberg and the Centre Hospitalier du Nord in Ettelbruck.
Guidelines will be set up between these three hospitals and the Kannerklinik to determine the circumstances in which patients should be transferred to the specialised paediatric hospital.
Ideally, every emergency room throughout the country would include a team of specialised paediatricians. In reality however, Luxembourg has too few doctors in this field to able ensure that kind of staffing.
This means that both parents and doctors need to prioritise. A child with a fractured leg does not necessarily need specialised paediatric care and can be treated in any emergency room.
However, if there are serious concerns for a child's welfare, parents should take their son or daughter to the Kannerklinik.