University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

Coronavirus guidance - a message from Southampton Children's Hospital

We understand that this is a worrying time and you may be concerned about the ongoing Covid-19 situation. We want to reassure you we are doing everything we can at Southampton Children’s Hospital to continue to keep our patients, families and staff safe, and to ensure we are prepared to manage the increased demand for hospital services over the coming weeks and months.

Thank you for doing your bit to help us by following government advice and staying at home – this is very much appreciated by all our teams and means we are able to use our resources effectively at this time.

There is some information attached to this page in the downloads section that will help parents support their child through this anxious time. A poster made by one of our emergency department doctors, Dr Clarissa Chase, can help to explain coronavirus to children.

One of our nurses has also produced an online book to help young children understand the coronavirus without feeling scared. Read more about the book here.

If your child is unwell

We want to reassure you that if your child is seriously ill or injured and needs to come to hospital during this time, we will be here to look after them. We will be providing the same urgent and emergency care for children as we always do, and have clearly defined areas of the hospital for treating patients with suspected or confirmed Covid-19 and those without.

If your child is unwell and you are unsure what to do, visit the Healthier Together website here for advice on a range of common childhood illnesses. Local GP services are running as normal, and NHS 111 is also available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for over the phone advice and will signpost you to appropriate healthcare services when required. In an emergency you should visit the emergency department or call 999.


Please note that if your child is in hospital, visitors to paediatric wards are limited to one visitor/carer per patient.

Planned appointments and admissions

If your child had a hospital admission, procedure or outpatient appointment scheduled for some time within the next few months, it is quite likely that this will have been postponed – or, in the case of an outpatient appointment, you may have been offered a telephone or video consultation instead.

You will be contacted and notified about what is happening with your child’s care during this time by the clinical team overseeing their care.

We are taking these measures because we want to ensure that the only people coming into hospital at this time are those that absolutely have to be here.  This is for the safety of patients, families and staff to reduce the possibility of infection.

If your child’s condition worsens and you are worried about them, please contact the clinical team caring for your child during working hours or emergency services if needed.

Back to school guidance

Children have already managed a range of changes and disruptions to their school life due to the outbreak of Coronavirus and it is important that these are considered and managed well during their transition back to school.

With this in mind, our child psychology team have put together a poster containing useful resources and tips for supporting children back to school in September 2020.