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Our Health Visiting and School Nursing teams recognise that many families will be concerned about how to access health advice at this time.
We also appreciate that many parents may be feeling very anxious about the changes to our day to day lives. COVID-19 will be particularly difficult for those who already struggle with anxiety or depression.
For this reason, we have put together the following links where you will find some helpful and practical information about your family’s health.
Gov.uk - for the latest, up-to-date COVID-19 guidance.
NHS website - for an extensive
range of health advice for everyone around COVID-19.
NHS111 - can help if you have an urgent medical problem and you’re not sure what to do. If you are concerned about a child under five, please telephone 111 rather than seeking help through the web site. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Resource pack for parents during isolation: information, advice and activity sheets for children and how to stay healthy and safe during the COVID-19 outbreak
Dorset HealthCare School Nursing - you will find lots of very helpful information relating to school age children.
Chat Health - are you aged 11-19 and living in Dorset? Our school nurses are still here to help with all kinds of things in these unsettling times. Just text #ChatHealthNHS to 07480 635511 and we will reply Ts&Cs.
Dorset Local Authority - online resources for families packed full of amazing ideas and things to do with children at this time. It covers a wide range of interests and ages and is well worth a look!
Dorset Local Authority - also set up a Facebook page for families where you can share messages and ideas and has links to other related pages.
LiveWell Dorset – Information on adult health, such as getting active/losing weight/stop smoking/drink less.
Family Information Service - provides information on support offered by children’s centres across the borough:
– provide lots of very practical advice
to parents and has a
section specific to COVID-19.
The Institute of
- has excellent advice about parenting through COVID-19 and offer top tips to parents from birth to five
years, with downloadable fact sheets covering a wide range of issues that
parents may face.
Well Child – information for parents with children with
complex health needs.
Start4Life– printable information on feeding/diet/exercise/immunisations.
information and printable fact sheets about safe sleep advice for parents of
babies (available in various languages).
Healthy Start – provides information about healthy start
vouchers/vitamins and an option to complete an online application form.
Download our form here.
Parenting/Family Lives – for advice on all aspects of parenting including dealing with
Children’s Guide to Coronavirus – a very helpful downloadable resource from the Children’s
Commissioner, with a link to a video and worry buster exercise for children. There is also a handy factsheet for children here.
Mums who use Mush can chat with other Mums, get advice from parenting experts and fellow mums, join chat groups and much more. Mush has been selected by NHS England as an innovation that is improving maternal mental health in the UK.
Babies cry - you can cope. During this challenging time, stress levels at home may be increased. Icon provide guidance for coping with your babies crying. Check out this quick guide to help parents or visit the website for more information.
It's hard for young children to understand COVID-19 and the change in our lifestyle. Take a look at these child friendly resources that you can share and talk about wih your children:
Coronavirus - Parent Information for newborn babies leaflet
The Fatherhood Institute
My child is ill while we are in lockdown. What should I do? Take a look at this quick and easy guide about what to do if your baby or child is unwell.
For information and videos about breathing difficulties in babies and children, please click here for advice from Wessex Healthier Together.
Also click here if your baby or child is finding it hard to breathe and here if you are worried about infants over three months.
Illness in newborn babies leaflet
If you have recently found out you are
pregnant and want to find out a bit more about what to expect from your
Dorset – Bumps and Beyond
. There is a section for dads and
partners too, where you can download a DadPad, an App which gives new dads to be
the knowledge and practical skills to support themselves and their partner.
Obstetricians and Gynaecologists – provide very clear succinct
from professional bodies regarding the Government
advice around risk to pregnant women.
Our breastfeeding team’s online course is a complete guide to the basics of breastfeeding for pregnant and postnatal women.
The free course can be completed anytime,anywhere and also addresses mental health and the involvement of partners.
To access this interactive and engaging course visit https://www.dorsethealthcare.nhs.uk/breastfeedingc...
Dorset Healthcare service provides care and support for women experiencing
mental health problems during pregnancy and up to one year after giving birth.
Our website provides information, leaflets, guides and contact details.
Institute of Health Visiting provides helpful information for those who are pregnant, with links to
bonding with your baby, mental health and emotional wellbeing.
Dorpip are a Dorset-based charity linked to the National
Parent Infant Foundation. This charity seeks to support healthy
relationships between infants and parents during pregnancy and until the child
reaches two years of age. In recognition
of increased anxiety at the present time, Dorpip are currently offering free
telephone or video support to families who would benefit from their service.
Please note; Dorpip do not
work with families who are already receiving support from Dorset HealthCare Perinatal Mental Health Service.
You Tube video shows father Mark Williams and Dr Andy Mayers from
Bournemouth University talk about perinatal mental health issues in partners
following traumatic birth experiences. The video also features another Dad, a
father of twins, describing what happened when the birth of his twins went very
wrong and how he felt.
BBC News - story about a father (Dan) and his struggles with mental health;
this is a very helpful clip about a father’s struggle with perinatal mental
health issues and how he is now helping others.
Resources from the Perinatal and infant mental health drop down are also available to help for partner perinatal mental health.
Steps to Wellbeing - support for parents/carers with mild to moderate depression and anxiety
disorders with information on self-referral options. Dorset
Healthcare's professional lead for Psychology and Psychotherapy, Meherzin Das,
gives tips on how to maintain your health and wellbeing during the COVID-19
outbreak. Click here to view.
The NHS ‘Every Mind
Matters’ offers a
wide range of practical and useful tips to keeping us emotionally well at
Connection is Dorset
Healthcare’s 24/7 phone helpline for people of all ages in Dorset who are experiencing mental
health issues and need
support. Dorset residents or people visiting Dorset can call direct on 0300 123 5440 or access via NHS 111.
In this video
Karen Treisman, a
clinical psychologist gives useful points on how to take care of ourselves and
be self-compassionate at this time.You can find more resources like this for
coping with COVID-19 stress and anxiety at Safehandsthinkingminds
Young Minds - is an organisation that provides support and Information on Child and adolescent mental health services for
parents and professionals. Parents Helpline: 0808 802 5544 (Monday – Friday, 9.30am
Papyrus - a young suicide prevention society have a helpline 0800 068 4141
(Weekdays 10am -10pm/Weekends and Bank Holidays 2-10pm).
Health Foundation – here you can find
lots of practical guidance on taking care of your mental health at this
Government guidance for the public around
mental health during COVID-19:
sharing advice on what can help you with your mental health and wellbeing.
steps to mental wellbeing - NHS
guidance around looking after your mental health during COVID-19.
For advice on safeguarding during COVID-19, please visit this page.
abuse affects men too, call 0808 8010327 or visit www.mensadviceline.org.uk
Galop - a LGBT and anti-violence charity with
a national helpline for lesbian gay, bisexual and trans people experiencing
domestic abuse. Tel: 0800 9995428
Crisistextline.uk - ‘Shout’ provides free, confidential
support 24/7 via text and is able to offer support with suicidal thoughts/abuse
or assault/self harm/bullying and relationship challenges.
Calm - has a national
helpline for men. Tel: 0800 585858
(5pm-midnight, 365 days of the year).
It has been launched following concerns that people
may not be seeking the help they need for themselves and their families
because of COVID-19.
While the way services
are being delivered may be different,
patients should still access services
when they need to, and not delay because of a fear of accessing services.
While GPs have changed the way they work - making the most of
available technology including online consultations and video conferencing -
patients should still talk to their GP when they feel they have a medical
and the most appropriate consultation will be offered to patients.
Your GP will be carefully advising patients individually on
any routine or urgent procedures and blood tests that should go ahead and are
doing all they can to ensure that if patients are brought to the surgery, it
will be done in as safe a way as possible.
If any person has a symptom that could be suggestive of a
stroke or heart attack, or could be a sign of a cancer, it is essential that
they don’t delay seeking advice.
ensure that their children are immunised during this time.
Do you know someone who is self-isolating who might need assistance? Or do you need help with access to food and support?
BCP Council can help with:
The number is 0300 123 7052 and the line is open 9am-5pm Monday to Friday. A voicemail service is available for anyone calling after 5pm and during the weekend, or you can use the online form.