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Bromley 0 to 19 service update

Covid-19 – the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the Bromley 0 to 19 service

We would like to thank you for your patience during the Covid-19 pandemic whilst our Nurses (Health Visitors and School Nurses) continue to follow NHS guidance and help to tackle the spread of this coronavirus. 

You may not see us as often as would be usual in normal circumstances, but with current guidance we are able to provide the following:

0-4 years

If you are expecting a baby you will receive a letter inviting you to contact us to book an antenatal appointment, this is in addition to your Midwife appointments.

When your baby is between 10-14 days old you will receive a telephone call from a Health Visitor to discuss coming to visit you at home for your new birth visit.

A Health Visitor will contact you again by telephone when your baby is between 6-8 weeks old. Your child’s ASQ (Ages and Stages Questionnaire) at 1 year and 2 to 2 and a half years old will be sent to you by post. Please complete and return to us and a member of staff will contact you to discuss your child’s development.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and in the interests of your safety we are unfortunately, not able to hold our drop-in Well Baby Clinics. If you have concerns about your baby's weight, please contact your Health Visitor who may be able to offer you an appointment.

5-19 years

Our School Nurses will use a variety of platforms to contact you, for example by telephone and zoom.

If your child has been referred to us by their school, the School Nurses will liaise with school for your child and contact you to discuss your child’s health assessment and the best way to support them.

Please get in touch with us if you need to speak to a Health Visitor, School Nurse or Community Nursery Nurse call 0300 330 5777, email: bromh.bromley0to19@nhs.net or you can contact us through our live chat function on this website.

Coronavirus: support for parents and carers to keep children safe online

Due to Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, there has been some changes to the way in which the School Nursing team is delivering services. Please see information below.

Reception Screening and NCMP have been temporarily suspended:

COVID-19 has caused major interruptions in education and child health services including school entry vision screening. The primary aim of Child Vision Screening is to identify all children aged 4 to 5 years with impaired sight and enable timely intervention. If your child started Reception Year in 2019 and has not received vision screening at school, the Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning has recommended that parents should arrange for a NHS sight test with a local optometrist of their choice.

All Enuresis clinic appointments are now being completed as telephone consultation/virtual contacts.

School Nurses will continue to complete health assessments virtually or via home visits/face to face if clinically required. This will only be completed if there are no risk identified, parental consent obtained and wearing PPE. If we are unable to complete a virtual/ home visit, plans will be put in place for health assessment to be completed on child return to School.

For Professionals

Termly Profile meetings will continue via telephone or virtually.

For health need training booked face to face, sessions will be rescheduled. However booked virtual sessions will still go ahead as planned, unless otherwise indicated.

The School Nursing team are available to support with healthcare plans virtually/ telephone consultation with Schools, parents etc.

COVID-19 Support for Schools continues to be available as per the Schools action cards.

If you have any questions throughout this time, please contact me on stacey-ann.miller@nhs.net