Patients leaving department before being seen

There have been issues recently with parents leaving the emergency department with their children having not notified anyone that they were leaving.
In many cases I am sure that they have become fed up with waiting, but there is a risk that this might represent a safeguarding issue.
Therefore we are advised that should we become aware of such a situation we the local social services duty officer should be advised (local means local to the child's home address). I have updated the on-call numbers in the
Useful Telephone Numbers section.
The lead nurse will usually deal with this, but should you become aware of a child having left in this manner please speak to the lead nurse and ensure that one of you does advise the duty worker.

Thank you for your support in this.