HOW many times must a child’s life have to be put on the line before something is done about provision for their care?
The awful case of baby Ryley Campbell could have been so much worse.
The 17-month-old’s head was pouring with blood when he was left outside Alnwick Infirmary with his parents after an accident at home.
They were told no doctor was available and the youngster couldn’t be treated there.
They weren’t even allowed into the informary.
Why did this family have to spend even more time worrying about their little boy when all that was needed was a bit of reassurance from the nurse at Alnwick?
It calls into question the lack of care available for children in north Northumberland.
If your child gets seriously ill, you can call an ambulance, but that takes time.
When you are faced with a youngster screaming in pain, you want them to be seen to as soon as possible.
But Alnwick’s minor injuries unit does not have a doctor full-time so you have to go to Wansbeck General Hospital.
What is the point in having the unit available if treatment is not going to be provided?
We need to make sure that this doesn’t happen again.
Luckily Ryley is fine, but another child might not be so lucky.
Let this be a lesson to all involved and hope they learn from it.