Important message for parents

During the coronavirus crisis, parents and carers up and down the country have been doing the right thing by keeping children with minor ailments at home. Early reports show that self-isolation measures in place are making a difference to virus-related hospital admissions.
The NHS is under immense pressure, with around 15 times the amount of people trying to access NHS 111 for advice and guidance. Children with febrile symptoms, lethargy and vomiting may be mistaken as a COVID-19 patient.
While COVID-19 is infectious to children it is rarely serious and children do not always present with common symptoms. If a child is unwell, they are likely to be unwell for reasons not related to COVID-19.
There are increasing concerns that children and families are not accessing medical advice and review when it is needed.
We want to make sure that children are getting a quick diagnosis as soon as possible (right care, right time and right place).
We want our patients to know that we are here for them; to provide care to children and their families, and we will continue to do this throughout the pandemic.
Please look on our website where you will find a poster that the Royal College of Paediatricians have developed for parents and carers to help guide where to access help when their child is unwell or injured.

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