Message from NHS


NHS Commissioners in East Berkshire would like to raise awareness of an online video they have launched to help keep kids safe this summer.

Called ‘Keep your kids live and kicking this summer’, the video highlights the risks of leaving babies and infants unsupervised near water or open windows, particularly when parents and carers get distracted. Up to 60 children drown every year in the UK. However, most of these deaths could be prevented. Click here to view the video.

Debbie Hartrick, Associate Director of Safeguarding for east Berkshire’s three NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGS), said: “While incidents of drowning or near drowning in east Berkshire are thankfully rare, it is really important that the safety of infants and children around water and open windows remains at the forefront of our minds, especially at this time of year.”

Key facts:

Ø Young children can drown in fewer than 2 inches (6 centimeters) of water, in only 20 seconds. If they are very young, you won’t even hear them. They can slip under the water without making a splash or a sound.

Ø Young children don’t understand that a fall can kill them – just as they don’t understand that water can kill them.

Ø Getting distracted by a mobile phone, talking to other people, or wandering off when your child is around water can lead to tragedy

To read more, click here.

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