About our services during the Covid-19 pandemic

 
There has been a fantastic response from all of our community services during the initial phase of the pandemic – they have been flexible and committed throughout. Many colleagues have changed working hours and roles in response to the ever changing position. During the initial COVID phase our services carried out 75,000 face to face appointments/visits and 33,000 virtual appointments.
 
We are now moving into the recovery phase for our services. Most of our clinic based services will offer virtual consultations and are also offering where indicated face to face appointments. Our District Nursing and our urgent response services will continue to see patients at home as they have done throughout the pandemic.
 
As our services restart we will be prioritising the most urgent patients and routine patients may experience longer wait times than normal. Please be assured that our staff will have the right equipment and protection, based on national guidance, to provide the safest and best care to you and your loved ones.
 
Please stay home as much as possible - you might find some of the resources below useful to help you through.

Find out more about About our services during the Covid-19 pandemic

For everyone

For parents and carers

During this time you may want some additional ideas to support your child and below are some websites that may be of use. The most important thing is you keep yourself and your child safe at this time and we would suggest that you find activities that you and your child enjoy doing. Always follow the advice from NHS and the Government in relation to coronavirus and how to stay safe.

Easy read document explaining COVID-19

Coronavirus fact sheet for children

Information for families about how to stay well during social distancing: rcot.co.uk/staying-well-when-social-distancing

Short film to support parents of neuro-diverse children during COVID-19 pandemic: youtube.com/watch?v=dXPtqmHKNoE

National Autistic Society – guidance and helpline for parents, young people and staff: autism.org.uk/services/nas-schools/vanguard/news/2020/march/coronavirus-(covid-19)-advice

Place2Be – Guide to helping parents answer questions from their children and to support family wellbeing place2be.org.uk/about-us/news-and-blogs/2020/march/coronavirus-information-for-children/

For parents and carers of children and young people who have special educational needs and disability (SEND), facing uncertainties around how COVID-19 is impacting on your family: bit.ly/SENDMatters-COVID019

Young Minds – Talking to your child about Coronavirus and 10 tips from their Parents Helpline to support family wellbeing: youngminds.org.uk/blog/talking-to-your-child-about-coronavirus

Carers UK – Guidance for carers: carersuk.org/help-and-advice/health/looking-after-your-health/coronavirus-covid-19

Covibook – an interactive resource designed to support and reassure children aged 7 and under, designed to help children explain and draw the emotions that they might be experiencing during the pandemic: mindheart.co/descargables

Amaze – information pack for parents: amazesussex.org.uk/faqs-about-the-coronavirus-for-parent-carers-of-children-with-send-brighton-hove

Information for parents of children with life limiting conditions: togetherforshortlives.org.uk/get-support/supporting-you/family-resources/coronavirus-qa

NHS – a special COVID message: when to seek medical help for your child

If you are still unsure about your child symptoms the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health have produced a detailed guide: Advice for parents during coronavirus

For children and young people

Coronavirus: a book for children illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler

Kooth – free, safe and anonymous online support for young people: kooth.com

Young Minds – advice on looking after your mental health: youngminds.org.uk/blog/looking-after-your-mental-health-while-self-isolating

Young Minds – advice on anxiety: youngminds.org.uk/blog/what-to-do-if-you-re-anxious-about-coronavirus

For families

Cruse – dealing with bereavement and grief: cruse.org.uk/get-help/coronavirus-dealing-bereavement-and-grief

Childhood Bereavement Network – supporting bereaved children during the outbreak: childhoodbereavementnetwork.org.uk/help-around-a-death/covid-19

Public Health England guidance for the public on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of coronavirus (Covid-19): gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-public-on-mental-health-and-wellbeing

Mind information and support to maintain your wellbeing during the coronavirus pandemic: mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing

Rethink – advice for carers of those with severe mental illness: rethink.org/news-and-stories/blogs/2020/03/coronavirus-advice-for-carers-of-those-with-severe-mental-illness

Rethink –  tips on managing your mental health during Covid-19: rethink.org/news-and-stories/blogs/2020/03/top-tips-on-managing-your-mental-health-during-covid-19

Gingerbread – coronavirus information for single parents: gingerbread.org.uk/coronavirus/#mentalhealth

 

For professionals

Bexley Domestic Abuse Services, Solace and London Borough of Bexley: Guidance for professionals: Domestic Abuse and the COVID-19

The Human Trafficking Foundation – Covid-19 resources page (Please also note Bexley’s Modern Slavery strategy and toolkit for how to make a referral into the National Referral Mechanism in Bexley)

Anna Freud Centre – Supporting young people’s mental health during periods of disruption

Research in Practice – Adapting to working from home

Social Care Institute for Excellence – COVID-19: using digital technology in relationship-based practice to bridge the gap in social distancing

For everyone

For parents and carers

During this time you may want some additional ideas to support your child and below are some websites that may be of use. The most important thing is you keep yourself and your child safe at this time and we would suggest that you find activities that you and your child enjoy doing. Always follow the advice from NHS and the Government in relation to coronavirus and how to stay safe.

Easy read document explaining COVID-19

Coronavirus fact sheet for children

Information for families about how to stay well during social distancing: rcot.co.uk/staying-well-when-social-distancing

Short film to support parents of neuro-diverse children during COVID-19 pandemic: youtube.com/watch?v=dXPtqmHKNoE

National Autistic Society – guidance and helpline for parents, young people and staff: autism.org.uk/services/nas-schools/vanguard/news/2020/march/coronavirus-(covid-19)-advice

Place2Be – Guide to helping parents answer questions from their children and to support family wellbeing place2be.org.uk/about-us/news-and-blogs/2020/march/coronavirus-information-for-children/

For parents and carers of children and young people who have special educational needs and disability (SEND), facing uncertainties around how COVID-19 is impacting on your family: bit.ly/SENDMatters-COVID019

Young Minds – Talking to your child about Coronavirus and 10 tips from their Parents Helpline to support family wellbeing: youngminds.org.uk/blog/talking-to-your-child-about-coronavirus

Carers UK – Guidance for carers: carersuk.org/help-and-advice/health/looking-after-your-health/coronavirus-covid-19

Covibook – an interactive resource designed to support and reassure children aged 7 and under, designed to help children explain and draw the emotions that they might be experiencing during the pandemic: mindheart.co/descargables

Amaze – information pack for parents: amazesussex.org.uk/faqs-about-the-coronavirus-for-parent-carers-of-children-with-send-brighton-hove

Information for parents of children with life limiting conditions: togetherforshortlives.org.uk/get-support/supporting-you/family-resources/coronavirus-qa

NHS – a special COVID message: when to seek medical help for your child

If you are still unsure about your child symptoms the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health have produced a detailed guide: Advice for parents during coronavirus

For children and young people

Coronavirus: a book for children illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler

Kooth – free, safe and anonymous online support for young people: kooth.com

Young Minds – advice on looking after your mental health: youngminds.org.uk/blog/looking-after-your-mental-health-while-self-isolating

Young Minds – advice on anxiety: youngminds.org.uk/blog/what-to-do-if-you-re-anxious-about-coronavirus

For families

Cruse – dealing with bereavement and grief: cruse.org.uk/get-help/coronavirus-dealing-bereavement-and-grief

Childhood Bereavement Network – supporting bereaved children during the outbreak: childhoodbereavementnetwork.org.uk/help-around-a-death/covid-19

Public Health England guidance for the public on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of coronavirus (Covid-19): gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-public-on-mental-health-and-wellbeing

Mind information and support to maintain your wellbeing during the coronavirus pandemic: mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing

Rethink – advice for carers of those with severe mental illness: rethink.org/news-and-stories/blogs/2020/03/coronavirus-advice-for-carers-of-those-with-severe-mental-illness

Rethink –  tips on managing your mental health during Covid-19: rethink.org/news-and-stories/blogs/2020/03/top-tips-on-managing-your-mental-health-during-covid-19

Gingerbread – coronavirus information for single parents: gingerbread.org.uk/coronavirus/#mentalhealth

 

For professionals

Bexley Domestic Abuse Services, Solace and London Borough of Bexley: Guidance for professionals: Domestic Abuse and the COVID-19

The Human Trafficking Foundation – Covid-19 resources page (Please also note Bexley’s Modern Slavery strategy and toolkit for how to make a referral into the National Referral Mechanism in Bexley)

Anna Freud Centre – Supporting young people’s mental health during periods of disruption

Research in Practice – Adapting to working from home

Social Care Institute for Excellence – COVID-19: using digital technology in relationship-based practice to bridge the gap in social distancing