COVID-19: information for parents, guardians and carers

Advice for parents, guardians and carers during COVID-19 (coronavirus)

We know this is a difficult time for parents, guardians and carers but we are here to help in any way we can.

When your child is ill or injured it is difficult to decide if/when to call your child’s GP, NHS 111, or go to the emergency department (A&E). While the government is asking everyone to stay at home, it can be confusing to know what to do.

Please see the poster below for a helpful guide around what to do and where to go if your child shows certain signs or symptoms of illness:

Neonatal unit information for parents during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic

Having a baby in the neonatal unit can be a worrying time for parents, but especially during these challenging times. Following the COVID-19 outbreak, the neonatal teams across the Royal Free London have had to adapt their practice to keep your babies, and the staff who care for them safe. We have put together a neonatal unit information pack for families here with useful advice to help during the COVID-19 pandemic. This pack includes information on:

  • Visiting your baby on the neonatal unit.
  • Making the most of your time on the unit and ideas on how to stay connected when you are not visiting.
  • Expressing breastmilk: how to get started and how to maintain your milk supply after you go home.
  • Looking after yourself emotionally including tips from our veteran parents on what they found helpful.
  • The first steps home: some information about what support is available when you first take your baby home from the neonatal unit.
  • Little Stars: a post discharge 5-week course run by our neonatal occupational therapist on the Starlight neonatal unit at Barnet Hospital which is now running virtually.
  • Resources available to you both from the Royal Free London and also from other organisations.

Peer support: advice from veteran parents

Useful resources