We are a designated team supporting
families and other agencies following the unexpected eath of a
County Durham and Darlington
Foundation Trust have a designated service to engage quickly with
the police and other agencies following the unexpected death of a
child under the age of 18 years.
This service provides a specially
trained senior nurse or medical practitioner to respond to the
death of a child or infant. It is vital that the Rapid Response
Service is consulted at the earliest opportunity.
Death is defined as the death of a child that was not
anticipated as a significant possibility
24-hours before death, or where there was
a similarly unexpected collapse or incident leading to or
precipitating the events that led to the death.
The Police will work alongside
Rapid Response Service for all cases of sudden unexpected death in
infants and children.
Chester-le-Street Community Hospital
The Rapid Response Service can be
contacted via the Nurse on call 24-hours per
day: 01388 455126
Other Contact Details:
Designated Doctor for Child Deaths
- Dr Nnenna Cookey, Consultant Paediatrician
Senior Nurse/Manager Rapid Response
Service - Catherine Hodgkiss
'I am writing to congratulate you on your wonderful staff you
have working for you at DMH.'
Patient, Catering / Porters / Domestics, Darlington Memorial