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Plastic Surgery - Regional Paediatric Burns and Plastic Surgery Service

Alder Hey's Irene Molloy and Harvey Livingstone  are pictured with Sir Bruce Keogh, National Medical Director, NHS England (Left), Kate Silverton (second left)  Miles Ayling, Director of Innovation, NHS England (right). Our ‘Early Bird and Walkabout Pathway’ is a successful new scheme that has cut waiting times for minor plastic surgery procedures, and has been highly commended in the 2013 NHS Innovation Challenge Prizes.

For parents and children, this means less time spent in hospital – on average now just half a day – and less time waiting for treatment.

How does the Early Bird Clinic work?

  • Patients are initially assessed at their local community healthcare centre
  • If plastic surgery is required, patients are referred to the 7.30am Early Bird Plastic Trauma assessment clinic and parents may be given preparation instructions e.g fasting overnight
  • The patient is seen at the Early Bird clinic and if the child meets the specific eligibility criteria they are admitted for surgery straightaway, with parents receiving comprehensive post-operation information
  • After surgery, the patient is monitored and then discharged later the same day

As well as families having to spend much less time in hospital, the new system means young patients can prepare for surgery by fasting in their own home and then return home much sooner after their operation.

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