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UK medical treatment of children (FOI)

UK medical treatment of children (FOI)

Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by Government of Jersey and published on 11 July 2019.
Prepared internally, no external costs.



Please could I have information on how many children went off-island for treatment in 2018? This includes both medical and mental health treatment for children aged 0 to 18 years old.


Also, which hospitals where most referrals to, the most frequently visited for treatment and care for babies and children from Jersey?



131 children (aged 0-17) travelled off-island for medical or mental health treatment in 2018.


The table below shows the total number of referrals to UK hospitals for children (aged 0-17) in 2018. Please note, a patient may not have started treatment in 2018 and would therefore not appear in the answer to part 1.

This table also shows the number of appointments attended where treatment took place.

It is possible for a patient to have more than one referral or appointment for treatment and the table below may include the same patient more than once.

​Hospital Name

Number of referrals

​Number of treatments

​Southampton General ​141149​
​Great Ormond Street Hospital ​2026​
​Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge​176​
​Princess Elizabeth Hospital, Guernsey​90​
​Evelina Children's Hospital (GSST) ​810​
​Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth​7​9
​Guys Hospital​<50​
​Cygnet Hospital, Bradford (Mental Health)​<5​<5
​Moorfields Eye Hospital<5​​0
​Nuffield Taunton / Musgrove Park​<5​<5
​Salisbury District Hospital, Odstock​<5​<5
​Southampton General - Bursledon House ​<5​10
​Cardiff Hospital​<5​0
​Dorset Orthopaedic​<5​0
​Fernedene Hospital - Redburn Unit​<5​0
​Guys and St Thomas Hospitals (onpass to Kings)​<50​
​Kings College Hospital<5​​<5
​Manchester Royal Infirmary​<50​
​National Hospital, Queens Square<5​​0
​Princess Anne Hospital, Southampton​<5​<5
​Priory Woodbourne Hospital​<5​<5
​Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead<5​​0
​Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic​<5​0
​Royal Free Hospital, London​<5​0
​Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases, Bath<5​0
​St Mary's Hospital, Portsmouth​<5​0
​St Thomas Hospital​<5​0
​Barts and The Royal London​0​<5
​Birmingham Children's Hospital​0​<5


There were also a number of appointments for treatment (11) that were cancelled either by HCS, the referral hospital or the patient. Some of these appointments may have been cancelled after the patient had travelled to the UK, but it is not possible to separate these to add to the totals above.

Due to the very small numbers involved, disclosure control has been applied to numbers less than five (<5) under Article 25 (Personal Information) of the Freedom of Information (Jersey) Law 2011 as such information could potentially identify individuals.

Article applied

Article 25 Personal information

(1) Information is absolutely exempt information if it constitutes personal data of which the applicant is the data subject as defined in the Data Protection (Jersey) Law 2018.

(2) Information is absolutely exempt information if –

(a) it constitutes personal data of which the applicant is not the data subject as defined in the Data Protection (Jersey) Law 2018; and

(b) its supply to a member of the public would contravene any of the data protection principles, as defined in that Law.

(3) In determining for the purposes of this Article whether the lawfulness principle in Article 8(1)(a) of the Data Protection (Jersey) Law 2018 would be contravened by the disclosure of information, paragraph 5(1) of Schedule 2 to that Law (legitimate interests) is to be read as if sub-paragraph (b) (which disapplies the provision where the controller is a public authority) were omitted.

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