The FLAMINGO Study is looking for your input. 

The Flamingo Study is a Scotland-wide project which seeks to get a fuller understanding of parent and carer’s experience when a sick child requires a short admission to hospital. The research team is keen to hear the experiences of parents and carers in Fife whose child has required an unplanned short-stay admission (short stay = under 24 hours) within the last 5 years.

The study seeks answers to the question "What would you like services for sick kids to look like?”

This project is being led by Professor Steve Turner, a child healthcare expert at the University of Aberdeen and a consultant paediatrician with NHS Grampian. He is working with a multidisciplinary team made up of nursing and medical staff from the Universities of Aberdeen, Stirling and Edinburgh Napier. The team are interviewing families whose child has experienced a short stay in hospital in order to understand more about their experiences and how they would like to see paediatrics services develop in future.  

“The FLAMINGO Project is an excellent opportunity for families to have their say on how services for sick kids should look in future. It is particularly pertinent to look at this now as the Covid19 pandemic has increased anxieties in young people which in turn has meant that healthcare services have had to rapidly adapt the way in which paediatric services are delivered.  

In addition to learning from parents and carers, the study is also keen to learn from the experiences of healthcare workers involved in providing short-stay emergency care for children and young people.

Parents or NHS staff who are interested in taking part and talking to a researcher can contact Emma King ([email protected]) or Steve Turner ([email protected]).