The paediatric department at Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust have made preparations to tackle Coronavirus and look after your children should they need hospitalisation. The most up to date information about Coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found on the NHS website.
COVID-19 is a virus that can affect your lungs and airways. Children seem to be at lower risk of severe infections but due to the virus being highly contagious, it is essential that the condition is treated seriously and all advice followed.
If you are concerned your child has symptoms or lives with someone who has symptoms, please refer to the NHS website for advice.
Advice for people at high risk
If you're at high risk of getting seriously ill from coronavirus, there are extra things you should do to avoid catching it.
- not leaving your home – you should not go out to do shopping, visit friends or family, or attend any gatherings
- avoiding close contact with other people in your home as much as possible
Read the full advice on protecting yourself if you're at high risk from coronavirus on GOV.UK.
If you think that you are an extremely vulnerable person, please register here (have your NHS number to hand) for additional support (such as help getting deliveries of essential supplies like food).
Who is at high risk?
You may be at high risk from coronavirus if you:
- have had an organ transplant
- are having certain types of cancer treatment
- have blood or bone marrow cancer, such as leukaemia
- have a severe lung condition, such as cystic fibrosis or severe asthma
- have a condition that makes you much more likely to get infections
- are taking medicine that weakens your immune system
- are pregnant and have a serious heart condition
Specific guidance for some of these conditions has been produced:
Asthma – Asthma UK
Childhood Cancer – Childrens Cancer and Leukaemia Group CCLG
Cystic Fibrosis – Cystic Fibrosis Trust
Heart disease/ transplant – British Heart Foundation
Immunodeficiency – Primary Immunodeficiency UK PID UK; secondary immunodeficiency PID UK
Kidney disease/ transplant – Kidney Care UK
Liver disease/ transplant – British Liver Trust
Pregnancy – Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists
Rheumatology conditions – British Society for Rheumatology
Nursery/ School Advice
Schools and childcare settings currently remain open for children of key workers to allow them to deal with COVID-19. To keep the risk of spread to an absolute minimum, parents should only send them to these settings if absolutely essential.
Admission to hospital
If admitted to hospital with suspected coronavirus, staff will be wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) and children will be kept isolated. PPE can be scary for children so they may need reassurance. The picture by Dr Clarissa Chase may help:
To minimise the spread of infection, only one parent will be able to stay with your child and no other visitors are currently allowed. Parents can swap if required but we request that this is limited. Free Wi-Fi has been provided by Stars Appeal charitable funding and is available via the Cloud. We encourage you to video-call and virtually visit if possible.
We have divided our children’s inpatient ward, Sarum, into two areas to ensure patients with suspected Coronavirus are looked after separately to patients requiring admission not due to infection. To limit the number of people in hospital, there are currently no catering facilities for visitors.
For our Neonatal unit, only one parent can stay and no other visitors are allowed (including siblings).
Changes to Appointments
We will be switching the majority of our outpatient consultations to telephone or video appointments. Some non-urgent appointments may need to be cancelled but you will be informed should this be the case.
Please do not come to the hospital if you or your child has any symptoms suggestive of Coronavirus. Please follow the guidance provided on the
If a face-to-face consultation is required, we request that the child is only accompanied by one parent/ carer only.
Cancellations of Elective Operations/ Procedures
Routine surgery at Salisbury District Hospital has been postponed with immediate effect to allow staff to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak.
We understand that this may be frustrating to families who have been waiting a while. Everyone patient affected will be contacted as soon as possible. These procedures will be rescheduled as soon as possible.
Emergency and urgent operations/ procedures (including cancer treatments) will be carrying on as normal with measures taken to limit exposure of non-infected patients to Coronavirus.
Further Coronavirus Resources
- What parents need to know about Coronavirus (Healthier Together)
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): What parents should know (Unicef)
- What to do if you're anxious about Coronavirus (Young Minds)
- Coronavirus: How to protect your mental health (BBC News)
- Coronavirus: Your questions answered (Newsround)
- Talking to kids about the Coronavirus (Child Mind Institute)
- What is the Coronavirus? - Social story (The Autism Meducator)
- Talking to children about Coronavirus (The British Psychological Society)
- Coronavirus and UK Schools Closures: Support and advice for schools and parents/ carers (The British Psychological Society)
- Coronavirus workbook for children (Mind Heart)
- Living with worry and anxiety amidst global uncertainty (Psychology Tools)
- Helping children cope with stress during the 2019-nCoV outbreak (WHO)
- FACE COVID - how to respond effectively to the Corona crisis (Dr Russ Harris, The Happiness Trap author)
- Dave the Dog is worried about Coronavirus (Nurse Dotty Books)
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome advice (Action For Me)
- Diabetes advice (Diabetes UK)
- Coping with a crying baby - ICON (Hampshire CCG Safeguarding)
Important – Other Illness
If you are concerned your child is sick, please do seek medical attention without delay as described by the RCPCH president Professor Russell Viner: