Guidance during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
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We understand that you may be concerned about the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) situation. This page sign posts to the latest information and support for the public on this, including the current situation in the UK, information about the virus and the symptoms:
Specific questions raised:
- Does having congenital heart disease mean I am at high risk from coronavirus?
- I have congenital heart disease - what should I do to reduce my risk from coronavirus?
- Is there anything I need to know if I do get coronavirus?
- Are children with congenital heart disease at risk from coronavirus?
- Should children with congenital heart disease get the Covid-19 vaccine?
- Will people with congenital heart conditions still get treated?
- What if I'm pregnant and have congenital heart disease?
- I'm finding this an anxious or difficult time - what can I do?
- Where can I get more information?
COVID-19 vaccination for children and young people - updated statement from the British Congenital Cardiac Association (released 13 December 2021)
Association for Inherited Cardiac Conditions (AICC) recommendation for vaccination for children with inherited cardiac conditions (September 2021)
RCPCH statement in response to CMOs advice regarding offering COVID-19 vaccination to all 12-15 year olds (September 2021)
COVID-19 vaccination: resources for children and young people (Public Health England).
UK Government links:
Welsh Government and Public Health Wales links:
BHF guidance on making the most of your medical phone and video appointments
Wellbeing Support: Emotional and Physical Health Support Resources
It is important to look after our mental health and wellbeing, particularly during this challenging and exceptional time. Here are some links to wellbeing resources and other support that might be helpful.
Physical Activity when in Self-isolation (PDF) - including links to various exercise videos
Strategies for coping with Covid-19 produced by the Bristol Psychological Health Services team
In Bristol our Psychological Health Services team have been working with adults, families and young people to put together some booklets to help with top tips and ways to cope with any thoughts, questions or worries that young people and adults may have about the impact of COVID -19. The booklets cover questions around coping with worries around COVID, knowing someone with COVID or in coming into hospital. Here is a link to our booklets for adults, parents and young people.
- Adult Inpatients
- Adult Outpatients
- Paediatric Inpatients
- Strategies for Parents to support themselves and their children
- Strategies for Young People
- Managing Uncertainty in Children and Young People - advice for parents during Covid-19
Financial Support Resources
Resources for Children
The World Health Organisation (WHO) have provided advice for parents and carers to support with children feeling stressed by the coronavirus situation (PDF).
Personal Protective Equipment poster - preparing children if they need to come into hospital (PDF)
Return to school guidance
Government guidance for England:
Updated shielding guidance can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19
The government has provided detailed information on return to school which can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/guidance-for-full-opening-schools
Government guidance for Wales:
The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health has provided guidance on return to school.
Children with single ventricle circulation would fit into group B of this guidance, which was cross-checked with the published BCCA guidance. This guidance indicates that an individualised assessment is required for children in the single ventricle group.
The Children's Commissioner going back to school guide: https://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/report/going-back-to-school-guide/
Resources and Updates from Royal Colleges and Other Professional Bodies:
20 July 2021