Being at home is better
In the past, some children may not have been able to go home safely. However, medical advances mean that these children can now survive intensive care and become well enough to go home.
Some remain dependent on technology, such as a breathing machine, to keep them alive.
We know that being at home is better for a child's development and it is the aim of the Children's Long Term Ventilation Service to co-ordinate the discharge pathway to provide a safe transition to home as soon as possible.
We work throughout the region providing local centres (including premature baby units and children's hospices), professionals and families with clinical support, education and training during the journey from hospital to home.