Whilst coronavirus is infectious to children it is rarely serious. If your child is unwell it is likely to be a non-coronavirus illness, rather than coronavirus itself. It can be confusing to know what to do when your child is unwell or injured. Remember that NHS 111, GPs and hospitals are still providing the same safe care that they have always done. Attached is a comprehensive leaflet that we recommend which is useful at any time, along with a poster summarising the advice to parents during coronavirus.
We continue to prioritise routine childhood immunisations, from 8 weeks up to and including vaccines due at one year of age including first MMR and hepatitis B and BCG for at risk infants. Equally the newborn baby screening checks and post-natal review are continuing. Attached to this article is an FAQ document that hopefully answers any questions or concerns you may have.
As a Practice we have set aside time in the day where pregnant women and mothers with babies will be seen. Rest assured you will not encounter a waiting room full of people.
If you have been in hospital with covid-19 illness then the discharge information in the document below may be helpful.
We are aware that the NHS has sent text messages or letters to some patients advising them to "shield" during the pandemic. People falling into this extremely vulnerable group include:
Solid organ transplant recipients
People with specific cancers:
- people with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy
- people with lung cancer who are undergoing radical radiotherapy
- people with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma who are at any stage of treatment
- people having immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments for cancer
- people having other targeted cancer treatments which can affect the immune system, such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors
- people who have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months, or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs
People with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe COPD.
People with rare diseases and inborn errors of metabolism that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as SCID, homozygous sickle cell).
People on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection.
Women who are pregnant with significant heart disease, congenital or acquired.
If you should shield during the pandemic then it's important that you stay at home. You will need support from family, friends or neighbours.
For anyone struggling with support needs (even without a shielding letter) the council has set up a Community Response Hub as part of Northumberland Communities Together.
Onecall - If you are worried about the immediate welfare of a child or adult please use OneCall 01670 536400 - open 24/7, 365 days a year
Talking Matters Northumberland offers a free psychological treatment, support and recovery service for the people of Northumberland over the age of 16 for depression, anxiety, stress and other mental health related problems. You can self-refer to their service but please note that at the present time they only offer telephone-based services and no face-to-face appointments.
If you are in crisis then the Ciris Team can be contacted 24/7 on 0303 1231146.
There are also other organisations available to help - see the attached leaflet.