Whilst coronavirus is infectious to
children it is rarely serious. If your child is unwell it
islikely to be a non-coronavirus
illness, rather than coronavirus itself. Whilst it is extremely important to
follow Government advice to stay at home duringthis
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
always done. Below is some advice to help:
HEALTH and education experts are offering help and advice to
parents on when they can safely send their child to school.
County Durham Care Partnership, which brings together NHS
organisations, Durham County Council and other providers to deliver
improved, joined up health and social care services, has
created an easy-read chart to help parents who are unsure if their
child should stay at home or go to class.
The information follows Government guidelines on spotting the
signs of Covid-19.
Sarah Burns, head of integrated strategic commissioning for
Durham County Council and NHS County Durham Clinical Commissioning
Group (CCG), said: "Since pupils returned to schools earlier this
month we have become very aware of the increased demand on NHS111
and GP practices from worried parents.
"We know that when it can be difficult for parents to decide if
they should send their child to school during the ongoing pandemic.
This infographic has been designed by our local GPs to help inform
parents what to do if they worry that their child may be
"If children are showing signs of Covid-19, a high temperature,
a continuous cough or loss of smell or taste then we would
recommend that the whole household self-isolate and book a
test. All members of the household must stay at home until
the test results are known.
"Similarly if children have diarrhoea and vomiting then we would
recommend that they remain off school for at least 48 hours or
until they feel well enough to return, as tummy bugs can also be
"But as long as your child is feeling well, has not otherwise
been told to self-isolate and there are no other household members
with COVID symptoms, then it is ok to send them to school."
Parents should continue to seek help from their GP if needed or
contact NHS111 if their surgery is closed."
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'Every aspect of my emergency care was dealt with quickly,
efficiently and professionally with full explanations and
compassion from all staff involved'.
Patient, Emergency Department, Darlington Memorial Hospital