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Below are answers to some of our most frequently asked questions. This page will be updated regularly as the situation changes.
You may find the below video useful in the first instance, if you're struggling to explain the coronavirus to your children.
You can find all of the information relating to what you can and cannot do during the government-impsoed lockdown on their website here.
Symptoms to look out for are:
If you have any of those symptoms you should:
If anyone in your household has these symptoms, then you should:
In order to protect patients, staff and the public we are introducing new visiting arrangements. We want to maintain contact and support between patients and their families and carers, whilst ensuring that we take measures that prevent the spread of the infection. These measures reduce the possibility of the virus inadvertently being brought into the hospital and help to keep vulnerable children safe.
Please see above question (symptoms of covid-19).
In all cases:
There are a number of actions you can take including:
If someone in the household is unwell with possible coronavirus symptoms, please follow the NHS guidelines regarding self-isolation.
If everyone in the household is well, the government advises adherence to social distancing measures more stringently, depending on the health condition.
Unless you are told otherwise please attend your clinic appointment. However, if you have a new continuous cough in the last 7 days or fever in the last 2 days, you should not attend, but need to self-isolate.
The NHS 111 have a website which you can use to find help and advice: go to 111.nhs.uk.
Yes, see question about visiting arrangements.
No, if you have a new continuous cough in the last 7 days or fever in the last 2 days, you should not attend, but need to self-isolate.
Before your visit, please call 0151 228 4811 and contact your department. We will try to minimise contact with others while attending.
Go to the NHS 111 website.
You can check the latest advice for children with Congenital Heart Disease, and other cardiac conditions, by clicking here.
Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, which operates the four Liverpool NHS walk in centres, has announced changes to how it will operate during the coronavirus outbreak.
Following guidance from NHS England and Public Health England, to support and maintain the safe and effective delivery of care for our patients and staff, the Liverpool NHS walk-in centres will move to a telephone triage and appointment system effective from 25 March 2020.
Patients will be clinically triaged over the phone based on clinical need and will be allocated immediate appointments at an appropriate walk in centre.
Trish Bennett, Executive Director of Nursing and Operations at Mersey Care, explained: “These important changes to how we operate are critical to help us support our patients and staff at this challenging time.”
“I am urging members of the public to listen and follow the government’s advice, if you think you may have coronavirus symptoms: please do not visit a walk-in centre, GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Simply stay at home and contact NHS 111 online.”
The city walk-in centre based at the Beat, 6 David Lewis St, Liverpool, L1 4AF, will be temporarily closed but walk in centres will remain operational from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week at the following three sites:
Patients will be advised to call: 0300 100 1004 and will be screened for potential symptoms of COVID-19. Those who only have COVID-19 symptoms will be directed to NHS 111 – if you have COVID-19 symptoms and still require walk in centre treatment (e.g. for minor injury), you will still be triaged and seen.
Patients with no symptoms will be transferred to a clinician for telephone triage and will be provided with a defined appointment time for further assessment and treatment at the most appropriate walk in centre.
Further information can also be found here: https://www.merseycare.nhs.uk/our-services/physical-health-services/walk-in-centres/
Alternatively you can follow the service on Twitter @Mersey_Care
Car parking at Alder Hey will be free until further notice. Please note: rules relating to disabled parking still apply. Only blue badge holders are permitted to park in the marked bays.
No one truly knows the answer to this question. Researchers and scientists are working hard to find a vaccine for the virus. By practising the measures put in place by the government, such as good handwashing and social distancing, we can help reduce the length of disruption to our lives.
On December 31, 2019, the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) China office heard the first reports of a previously-unknown virus behind a number of pneumonia cases in Wuhan, a city in Eastern China with a population of over 11 million.
What started as an epidemic mainly limited to China has now become a truly global pandemic.
Illness due to COVID-19 infection is generally mild, especially for children and young adults. However, it can cause serious illness: about 1 in every 5 people who catch it need hospital care. It is therefore quite normal for people to worry about how the COVID-19 outbreak will affect them and their loved ones.
We can channel our concerns into actions to protect ourselves, our loved ones and our communities. First and foremost among these actions is regular and thorough hand-washing and good hygiene. Secondly, keep informed and follow the advice of the local health authorities including any restrictions put in place on travel, movement and gatherings.
The World Health Organisation advises people of all ages to take steps to protect themselves from the virus.
People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. People can also catch COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhales droplets. This is why it is important to stay more than 1 meter (3 feet) away from a person who is sick. This virus is particularly contagious, especially as there is no vaccine as of yet.
The virus will have a big impact on our daily lives for the next coming weeks or even months. To keep yourself and everyone around you safe, we need to reduce our day to day contact with other people so social gatherings with friends and family will have to stop , as will going to school or college, going outside of your house or garden except for anything absolutely necessary, and any sports or classes you attend outside of school such as football or dance etc. Cinemas, most shops and other social outlets will also be closed. Please remember this is to keep you safe and won’t be forever. You can keep in touch with your friends and extended family online.
Older people are more likely to develop serious illness from the virus. To keep them safe, they need to stay at home away from anyone or anywhere they could catch the infection. This is the best way to beat the virus at the moment. Again this will not be forever and you should try and stay in touch with them as much as possible either online or on the telephone.
The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives.
When we reduce our day-to-day contact with other people, we will reduce the spread of the infection. That is why the government is now introducing three new ways to help us do this…
Everyone must comply with these new measures. You should only leave the house for one of four reasons:
These four reasons are exceptions - even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.
In addition to reducing your contact with other people, there are things you can do to help stop germs like coronavirus spreading:
Shielding is a practice used to protect extremely vulnerable people from coming into contact with coronavirus.
At risk families have been sent a latter advising them to stay at home at all times and avoid any face-to-face contact for a period of at least 12 weeks from the day they receive their letter.Please note that this period of time could change. Provisions have been made for visits from people who provide essential support to them, such as healthcare and personal support, to continue. A helpline has also been put in place for families worried about the care of their child at Alder Hey.
If you have any questions or concerns relating to your care at Alder Hey and your appointment has been postponed, please contact our hotline Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm and weekends 9am to 3pm.
Telephone number: 0151 282 4907
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At this current time, we are unsure of how waiting lists will be affected however we will keep you updated as and when we know. If you are concerned, please contact our hotline:
Telephone number: 0151 282 4907
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While we are still learning about how COVID-2019 affects people, older people and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as high blood pressure, heart disease, lung disease, cancer or diabetes) appear to develop serious illness more often than others but please remember, most people do recover from the virus. Practising the government guidelines on hand washing and social distancing is the best way to keep everyone safe.
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