Article Text

Download PDFPDF
Not just little adults: preparing a children’s emergency department for COVID-19
  1. Jonathan Adamson1,
  2. Chris Bird1,
  3. Kate Edgworth1,
  4. Stuart Hartshorn1,2,
  5. Kasyap Jamalapuram1,
  6. Anand Kanani1,
  7. Kate Mackay1,
  8. Tina Newton1,
  9. Ben Stanhope1,
  10. Bridget Wilson1
  1. 1 Emergency Department, Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham, Birmingham, UK
  2. 2 Birmingham Clinical Trials Unit, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Chris Bird, Emergency Department, Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham B4 6NH, UK; christopher.bird2{at}


COVID-19 presented unique challenges in preparing our stand-alone children’s emergency department for the pandemic and has demonstrated well the paediatric adage, ‘children aren’t little adults’.

  • paediatrics, paediatric emergency medicine
  • infectious diseases, viral

This article is made freely available for use in accordance with BMJ’s website terms and conditions for the duration of the covid-19 pandemic or until otherwise determined by BMJ. You may use, download and print the article for any lawful, non-commercial purpose (including text and data mining) provided that all copyright notices and trade marks are retained.

Statistics from

Request Permissions

If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.


  • Handling editor Edward Carlton

  • Collaborators Paul Franklin and James Allbones, Informatics Department, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.

  • Contributors All authors contributed to the changes made in the emergency department during the pandemic, listed in alphabetical order. CB and JA drafted the article.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.