We are a designated team supporting families and other agencies
following the unexpected eath of a child.
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
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
An Unexpected 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.
Bishop Auckland Hospital
The Rapid Response Service can be contacted via
01388 455126 between 0700 -
Other Contact Details:
Designated Doctor for Child Deaths - Dr Heather Smith,
Senior Nurse/Manager Rapid Response Service - Catherine
'I cannot commend the clinic enough. It is marvellous we
have this service at all and well done to you all.'
Patient, Coronary Heart Disease / Heart Failure Service, Shotley
Bridge Community Hospital