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From Monday 27 July 2020, the you will be able to use an online tool, hosted by Diabetes UK, to calculate your risk of developing the condition Type 2 diabetes by answering a series of basic questions including age, weight and ethnicity.
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School-Age Immunisation services to resume from 7th September

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust's immunisation teams will be back in schools from Monday 7th September. The aim is to pick up where they left off with the national HPV vaccination programme. Parents are being advised to contact their school for more information on the catch-up dates.
The Trust will also be working within the Public Health England guidelines for the Flu vaccination programme. This will deliver the free, annual Flu nasal spray to children from Year R to Year 7. Parents and carers will be sent a letter with full instructions how to access information through the new electronic consent system.

The plan is to run clinics between September and December throughout Hampshire schools. Each school setting will be able to advise you of when the clinics will be. Parents of children with underlying health problems should seek advice from their GP.
This year, helping to protect children against flu is particularly important if COVID-19 is still circulating because people at risk from flu are also vulnerable to the complications of COVID-19. It will reduce the chance of others in the family, who could be at greater risk from flu, such as grandparents or those with long term health conditions.

The SAI team will be adhering to infection control policy and guidance to wearing PPE, whilst maintaining social distancing at all sessions. Staff have hand wash facilities in place which includes the use of hand gel and each workstation will be cleaned before the session starts, after each vaccination and closing at the end.

Whilst we understand that parents will be likely to be informed about the Flu Vaccination, children may feel worried or afraid, please visit the Hampshire healthy family's website for resources and information: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/

Child Health Advice Clinics Suspended

From Wednesday 18th March 2020 all Child Health Advice Clinics across Hampshire will be suspended until further notice. See poster for further details.
 

We are currently looking for people to give us feedback of their experiences of our health visiting service during COVID-19 and also thoughts on visits to clinics.

If you would like to join our session, we have availability on Wednesday 9th September, 10 am – 11am via a zoom call.

To register your interest and book a space please email childrenscomms@southernhealth.nhs.uk

A message from Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust.

This is a worrying time for everyone with coronavirus in the UK. You may be concerned about accessing NHS services but if you are concerned that your child is unwell it is still important to seek medical advice. There are lots of ways you can do this:

  • Many GP surgeries are offering video consultations.
  • NHS 111 service offers advice if your child is unwell.
  • For general advice about child health and development and infant feeding the Health Visiting service continues to offer the Chat Health Text messaging advice service: 0752 061 2570
  • Healthier Together is a useful source of information about childhood illness and when to seek advice.
  • Accident and Emergency departments in an emergency.

Useful resources for parents during COVID-19

Barnardo's have produced  a list of resources and links  to help with supporting children’s understanding with COVID-19, and suggest play experiences and activities for children. Includes a link to the free 'Nurse Dotty' book for children titled "Dave the Dog is worried about Coronavirus".

The NHS have a handy emergency treatment guide showing parents when and who to contact if your child is ill or injured during the current COVID-19 situation

Hampshire Constabulary detail  partner organisations who can help if you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse, or telephone the National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247.

Aurora New Dawn is a Hampshire charity which has set up a new domestic abuse COVID-19 helpline that is available 24/7: 02394 216816.   

Southern Health have produced a COVID-19 Family Wellbeing pack to support families' mental health at this time.

Mental health support is now available 24/7 via the NHS 111 helpline - dial 111 and ask to speak to a mental health nurse

Every Mind Matters have a range of tips and advice on maintaining mental wellbeing while at home

Mentally Healthy Schools have created a toolkit with resources, signposting and helplines to support parents with talking about Coronavirus and the impact on children's mental health

The Lullaby Trust offer advice about pregnancy and caring for your baby throughout the current COVID-19 situation

The Institute of Health Visiting has some tips on how to cope with a crying baby during COVID-19

Advice on stopping smoking #QuitforCovid

The Hampshire Health Visiting team have produced a COVID-19 guide to Infant Feeding Support

Help is out there for children and young people living with domestic abuse:

Is someone in your family hurting someone else? If abuse is happening at home, you probably want it to stop but you might not be sure what you can do. The best thing to do is to tell someone what is going on. You might be able to talk to the person who is being hurt. If not, you could try talking to a teacher, a neighbour, a friend or a friend’s parent.

You can also call a helpline – they will be able to tell you where you can get help near where you live.

Remember, domestic abuse is not your fault. You won’t get into trouble for telling someone.

If someone in your family is hurting someone else, it’s important to get help:

Hampshire Domestic Abuse Service Advice Line 03300 165 112 weekdays 9.30am-5.30pm (5pm Fridays)

Childline is available for children and young people to reach out for help and support by phone or using their online chat service. They also provide specific guidance for young people on how to get help and what to do if they are worried about a friend. Telephone: 0800 1111.

The NSPCC has issued guidance for spotting and reporting the signs of abuse on their website. The NSPCC Helpline is available for anyone with concerns about a child to contact for professional advice and support. Telephone: 0808 800 5000. Email: help@nspcc.org.uk

Barnardo’s provides support to families affected by domestic abuse.

Family Lives also provide support through online forums.

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