New advice published for parents on Covid 19 and childhood illness

New advice for parents has been issued from Barts Heath NHS Trust and East London Health and care partnership.
Childhood illness advice

There are concerns in the healthcare sector that parents are not getting in touch for non-COVID-19-related illnesses or injuries for a range of reasons, including fear of having to visit hospital and not wanting to burden the NHS.

Our local NHS Trust has developed advice to help parents decide whether they should use NHS 111/ call their GP/ visit A&E/ call 999 if their child is ill or injured.

Stay at home to stop coronavirus spreading

Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

You should only leave the house for 1 of 4 reasons:

  • shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
  • one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household
  • any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  • travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home


These 4 reasons are exceptions – even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.

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