Anxious Parent – A&E Doctor Advice
Dr Colin Wong, Paediatric Consultant at NHS Warrington and Halton Hospitals Foundation Trust (WHHFT) offers advice to parents who are concerned when their children become unwell:
Advice for parents during COVID-19
Whilst coronavirus is infectious to children, it is rarely serious. If your child is unwell, it is likely to be a non-coronavirus illness, rather than coronavirus itself.
Whilst it is extremely important to follow Government advice to stay home during this 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 proving the same safe care that they have always done. Here is some advice to help:
Widnes Urgent Treatment Centre
Widnes Urgent Treatment Centre is open for children with fevers and other minor injuries or illness that require urgent attention, but are not life-threatening.
Oaks Place, Caldwell Road, Widnes, WA8 7GD
Open 8:00am – 9:00pm, 7 days a week, 365 days a year
Minor Ailments Scheme (Halton)
Halton also offer a Minor Ailment Scheme where parents can get Calpol, Paracetamol and various other medications for free where necessary. Please speak with your local pharmacy for more information.
Find your local Pharmacy here: Find a Pharmacy - NHS
The #CATCH App is a very useful tool for anyone looking after little ones. It contains information about emergency care for children, services available in the local area and information on routine care, such as immunizations and medications. Get it wherever you get your apps!