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Coronavirus update

As lockdown restrictions begin to ease we must remember to follow the latest guidelines. 

Meeting up again? Stick to six. 

Remember - ‘Hands. Face. Space. Fresh Air'

  • HANDS – wash your hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds
  • FACE – wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet
  • SPACE – stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings)
  • Fresh Air - Meet in the fresh air
For more information on the current national guidance please visit:


Updated guidance from Unicef for Professionals - women who are breastfeeding and the Covid-19 vaccine

To continue to support health professionals to provide care for babies, their mothers and families during the ongoing pandemic, UNICEF have updated their Covid-19 resource and guidance page with new guidance on how to discuss the Covid-19 vaccine with women who are breastfeeding (see FAQ #14).

Find out more

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

For information about symptoms of Covid-19, and coronavirus in children, please visit

Symptoms of Covid-19
Coronavirus in Children


Covid-19 Schools Update - National Lockdown information

For the latest information on Hampshire schools and
childcare for the Summer Term 2021 please visit:

Hants Schools

School-Age Immunisation services continuing as normal

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust's immunisation teams are continuing to vaccinate in schools for the national HPV vaccination and teenage boosters programme. Parents are being advised to contact their school for more information on when the clinics are running.

School Age Immunisations

Child Health advice clinics suspended

In recent months, the child health clinics have been suspended due to Covid19 - thank you for your patience during this time.
We are now offering the Health Visiting Programme through a variety of virtual meetings and socially distanced appointments.
For more information please contact your health visitor who's details you will find in your red book.
You can also find your health visitor here

For Health Visiting advice, please contact our text message advice service:
ChatHealth by texting: 07520 615720
(If your child is unwell, please contact your GP or NHS111). 


How you can quit during Covid-19

Advice on stopping smoking #QuitforCovid .

Diabetes UK have an online tool  to help calculate your risk of developing the condition Type 2 diabetes by answering a series of basic questions including age, weight and ethnicity.

Please visit for more advice

Covid-19: Advice for Smokers   Smoke Free Hampshire

Family wellbeing and mental health resources

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".

Southern Health have produced a COVID-19  Family Wellbeing pack to support families' with children from 0-5 years and also a School Age Wellbeing Pack mental health at this time.

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.

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

For parent mental health support please contact your Health Visitor or GP. You can also find further information available regarding NHS Mental Health Services.

Healthwatch provide a list of mental health support services for parents in need.

DorPIP provide online resources specifically aimed at mental health support for dads.

The Samaritans also provide a listening service throughout the year, as well as a self-help app.

Please also see our Children and Young People and Adult specialist support pages for further mental health information and resources.

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: .

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

Family Lives also provide support through online forums.

Useful resources for parents during COVID-19

Get the latest information and advice about COVID-19 from the NHS website .

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.   

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.

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

YSS run a ' Skills4Life ' project aimed at women aged 18 years and over, who provide free, impartial, financial training around issues such as debt, managing finances and budgeting, and CV/interview skills. Although based in West Mercia, Skills4Life are currently able to assist Hampshire families remotely via Zoom and telephone calls - read more here .

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