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Advice for Parents


Childhood Immunisations

Incorrect Information Given On Good Morning Britain (26.03.2020) Regarding The Stopping of Childhood Immunisations 

On Good Morning Britain yesterday morning (26/03/2020) incorrect information was shared suggesting that the immunisation programme was suspended. This is not correct, it is very important to maintain good coverage of immunisations.

Childhood Illnesses

Many childhood illnesses can be managed safely at home. It is important in the coming weeks that parents have tools at hand that can help guide them through common childhood illnesses.

Handi Paediatric App is a free App downloadable onto any smartphone. It is based on the NICE guidance for feverish children aged under 5, and is commissioned by NHS Devon for use by parents, community staff, and secondary care staff ( junior doctors). It has been developed by NHS Devon CCG in conjunctions with paediatric specialists at University Hospitals Plymouth (Derriford)

For parents and carers, the App provides guidance for parents on the most common illnesses that their child may experience. It provides a home care plan to help look after the child at home, and it offers guidance as to where, and how quickly, to seek medical advice when a child is reported to have symptoms which may indicate that further assessment is needed. You can download the app at google play / apple by searching HANDI app


What symptoms does it cover?

Handi Paediatric app provided advice and support to parents and carers of children with the following symptoms:

1. Diarrhoea and vomiting

2. High temperature (fever)

3. Chesty baby(bronchiolitis)

4. Chesty child (wheeze and asthma)

5. Tummy pain

Fever and/or cough:

If your child has a new persistent cough and/or a fever ( over 37.8), and is unwell, please stay at home (self-isolate), keep them and family members who live with them away from others for 14 days, and call 111 for advice.


If your child has a new persistent cough and/or a fever (over 37.8) but is not particularly unwell, they and family members who live with them must stay at home (self-isolate), keep away from other people for 14 days, and you can download the Handi app to get advice about how to look after them and when to seek more help.

School Closures

The Department for Education has provided an advice line for concerned parents, you can access the service on 0800 046 8687 (8am – 6pm Monday – Friday) . You can also contact them by email on [email protected]

This simple infographic can help parents explain school closures

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