You may have read in the media that there have been reduced A&E attendances across the UK and this is the same locally along with reduced GP consultations. This also includes children and our local paediatricians and GP’s have confirmed this. There is a concern that parents are not / will not seek medical advice (or seek it too late) for non Covid related illnesses, some of which could be serious as they are worried about contact with coronavirus should they visit the hospital. We know some children have been affected by this. There are possible reasons, social distancing etc. meaning children are not passing on coughs, colds , tummy bugs etc. however this statistically does not explain the low numbers.
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. Whilst it is extremely important to follow Government advice to stay at home during this period, 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. Here is some advice to help:
Hand washing: how to wash your hands properly
Protect yourself and others from coronavirus: ▶️ Wash your hands more often ▶️ Use soap and water for 20 seconds ▶️ Or use hand sanitiser