From 24th March 2020, the CYPHP programme will be suspending its services in order to support the NHS in its efforts to manage the coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) and other essential services.
If your child has been seen by the CYPHP Health Team, you will have been contacted and received advice on how best to look after your child and family.
We do understand that this may cause some concern, and therefore this page provides you with information that you my find useful, including:
- Public Health England information and guidance
- Local hospital information
- What to do if you think your child or someone in your family has coronavirus symptoms
- More information and useful links
Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:
Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport.
Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
Local hospital information
Planned appointments and admissions
Our local hospitals are working hard to treat more people with the virus. As such, they will need to postpone other non-urgent appointments, following guidance from NHS England. If your child’s appointment is postponed, you will be contacted in advance by the team caring for your child. Please understand that this will only happen if completely necessary and is a measure to keep both your child and others safe. We hope you understand it might not be possible to confirm when your admission or appointment will go ahead at this stage. If your child has a hospital appointment, please attend as normal unless you hear otherwise.
Our hospitals are regularly reviewing the situation with the safety of our families and staff being their top priority, to ensure that care is given to those who need it most.
What to do if you think your child, or someone in your family, has coronavirus symptoms
If you or your child have coronavirus symptoms – either a high temperature or a new, continuous cough – please do not come to your local hospital or a community site.
Current NHS advice is to stay at home for 7 days and not to go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. If anyone in your household is showing symptoms, you should remain at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms.
- you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
- your condition gets worse
- your symptoms do not get better after 7 days
Only call NHS 111 if you cannot get help online.
All the latest information can be found at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus.
For more information and support
The World Health Organisation (WHO) have provided advice for parents and carers to support with children feeling stressed by the coronavirus situation (PDF).
Further information about the services at Guy’s and St Thomas’ is available on the Guy’s and St Thomas’ website.