At Post Natal and Home care services, the health, safety and wellbeing of our Clients and Colleagues is always our top priorities. We have therefore taken comprehensive action to prepare for and respond to the growing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak in the UK.

You have probably read by now that the current coronavirus outbreak presents as much risk to children and those with or without underlying health conditions in comparison to the wider population. Naturally, this is unsettling for pregnant women, the new mothers their new-born babies and children.

Among the confusion, it is important to take a balanced approach to visiting, helping, or caring for those that need our support. With so much uncertainty and conflicting information, here at PNHCS, we wanted to provide you with a guide that runs through some of the most frequently asked questions about how COVID-19 impacts the young.

During this time, it is important that you support and take care of your family’s mental health – there are lots of things you can do, and additional support is available if you need it.

Our Response

We advise our colleagues to limit non-essential visits from visitors to their homes until further notice.

We have not taken this decision lightly, but we know any visitors, including relatives and loved ones, would want us to do everything possible to keep our colleagues who provide care services to our clients in a safe and healthy condition.

Non-essential visits include routine visits from Relatives and loved ones, visits from individuals such as hairdressers, professionals and contractors carrying out nonessential services to your homes should be postponed until it is deemed safe to do so.

If you can delay your visit or achieve its purpose via another method (i.e. through a phone call or video call) please do so. In doing so, we shall break the outbreak both in our homes and homes of the ones we support.

To all our colleagues please do not attempt to arrange any support with us if you currently feel unwell, or experiencing any symptoms particularly if you have a cough, flu, a fever, high temperature, have shortness of breath, or if you have been in contact with someone who may have Coronavirus. If you have any symptoms above, please contact us so that we can cancel your support immediately.

For wider information on how to protect yourself and others, please see Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you need to do

How do you treat Covid-19 at Home?

If symptoms are minor, as they are for most people, the NHS recommends those familiar, common-sense measures we often take when we are feeling under the weather. These include getting plenty of rest, drinking plenty of water and using over-the-counter painkillers if required.

Bear in mind, if your loved one’s condition deteriorates – such as them having breathing difficulties – or symptoms do not go away within seven days, you should call the NHS on 111. They will advise on how to proceed.

Beyond treatment, it is also important to ensure your loved one does their bit to prevent the spread of infection – by removing themself from any unnecessary social contact and staying indoors. Of course, that also means maintaining good personal hygiene.

How do you get a Covid-19 test?

If you feel your loved one requires testing for COVID-19, the first thing you need to do is call 111. The NHS will triage the case. If your loved one is showing severe symptoms, or their symptoms have worsened over the course of seven days, they will likely be tested.

This is a swab test in which the results are ready within 72 hours. This can be taken in hospital, in a specialist drive-through testing clinic or coronavirus testing pod. However, if you feel your loved one needs to be tested, they should – under no circumstances – just turn up. All testing is done by appointment, following a call to 111.

Despite criticism, the UK is already testing many more potential coronavirus patients than many other European nations and has recently committed to testing up to 10,000 every day.

Efforts are ongoing to create tests that can deliver results at the ‘bed-side’ and, separately, tests to reveal whether someone has built up immunity to the virus.

Where can I find the latest information and more advice on Covid-19

Although the UK Government has a relatively united position on COVID-19, there are discrepancies in the measures devolved administrations are putting in place.

You should check with the NHS and health executive for your nation of the UK. These will offer you the most relevant information:

– England: Check the NHS website for guidance on symptoms, and Public Health England for latest Government measures.

– Scotland: Check the NHS Scotland website for guidance on symptoms, and Public Health Scotland for latest Government measures.

– Wales: Check the Public Health and NHS Wales website for guidance on symptoms and the latest Government measures.

– Northern Ireland: Check the HSC website for guidance on symptoms and the latest Government measures.

To track the progress of the global pandemic, and get useful summaries of the latest research, visit the World Health Organisation website. This is the United Nations agency responsible for global public health.