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Coronavirus update

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

From 17 May, you will be able to:

  • Visit indoor entertainment venues such as cinemas and children's play areas. 
  • Overnight stays with friends and family will be allowed with groups of 6 people or two households. Remember to open a window to let fresh air in.
  • The legal limit on the number of morners at funeral will be lifted. Venues should set limits based on individual capacity and continue to follow COVID-Secire guidelines
  • Groups of up to 6 people or two households can meet indoors. Remember to open a window to let fresh air in.
  • Gatherings of up to 30 people outdoors will be allowes. Please remember to keep your distance. 

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:

For the most recent school data regarding coronavirus cases please visit: Cases of COVID-19 reported by Hampshire schools | Health and social care | Hampshire County Council ( 


Maternal Mental Health 
resources available from Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust

Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week is a week-long campaign dedicated to talking about mental health problems during and after pregnancy.

It’s all about raising public and professional awareness of perinatal mental health problems, advocating for women affected by it, changing attitudes and helping families access the information, care and support they need to recover.

Recommended Maternal Mental Health Services available through Hampshire Healthy Families and Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust:

Health Visiting  
Knowing Me Knowing You  
Solent Mind  
Southern Health  
Family Nurse Partnership 

Recommended Paternal Mental Health Support services for Hampshire Healthy Families and Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust:

Paternal Mental Health

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

Healthy infant feeding booklet


The NHS have created a booklet in conjunction with local parents which contains information which will help support you with your decisions around feeding your baby.


The following topics are covered:

Bonding, attachment and responsive feeding.
How do I know when my baby is hungry?
How much should I feed my breast or bottle fed baby?
Healthy growth and weight gain for all babies.
Tips to prevent your baby becoming overweight
Feeding your baby when out & about
Starting solid foods
Tips for toddlers and older children
Going back to work.

You can access the booklet here:

Healthy infant feeding booklet

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

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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