Children and families are at the absolute heart of CHAS. So it's important to highlight, we remain determined to be there for everyone in our care throughout the Coronavirus crisis, and beyond.
Delivering care in the safest possible way is our number one priority and we continued to reach children and families all across Scotland in 2020 by remaining vigilant and agile throughout, and adhering to government guidelines.
Since January 2021, we are continuing to provide support through our hospices, our home service, in hospitals across the country and of course, virtually.
Our funding of a new paediatric palliative care consultant in NHS Lothian begins in February. This builds on our existing funding and support in children's hospitals.
Our virtual services are continuing to increase following our record breaking virtual delivery in December; our busiest month since the beginning of the pandemic.
We are being very vigilant for the signs that indicate a need for visits at home or hospice.
Developments continue to be fast-paced but we remain committed to five priorities all over Scotland:
If you are an unpaid/ family carer, and you have not already received your first COVID-19 vaccination or vaccination appointment letter, you can self-register by visiting: nhsinform.scot/carersregister. If you can't do this online, please call the Covid Vaccination Helpline on 0800 030 8013.
The NHS Inform COVID-19 vaccine website has a wide range of the most up-to-date information about the vaccine, including information about appointments for those due to receive a vaccine. This is also the place to go if individuals wish to rearrange an appointment or have lost their letter.
The Scottish Government's Strategic Framework, sets out the five-tier system of coronavirus alert levels in Scotland.
The Scottish Government Website has the latest indicative timetable for the easing of restrictions.
The Scottish Government have also published extra advice on for people at highest risk from COVID / on the shielding list.
You can find out what tier your local area is in (and what you can/ can't do at each level).
Schools guidance has been updated in light of the new framework.
This Scottish Government shielding support and contacts page is kept up-to-date with a summary of the latest information and advice for those who have been shielding. These pages also contain information about how to sign up to the text messaging service for those on the shielding list.
Latest coronavirus (COVID-19)guidance from NHS Scotland and the Scottish Government, including physical distancing measures and advice for infected households.
For more information on who can get a coronavirus test, when to get a test, and to book a test:
Parent Club offers up-to-date guidance from the Scottish Government on your child’s health and education. It’s full of hints and tips from other parents and carers who’ve been there before. It also has advice to help you look after your own wellbeing and to point you in the direction of the support available.
They have a dedicated Coronavirus page with advice and resources for parents of children of all ages.
Young Scot, the national youth information and citizenship charity for 11-26 year olds in Scotland, provides information, ideas and opportunities for young people, helping them to make informed decisions and choices. The charity also aims to connect young people to opportunities locally, nationally and globally; empowering them to create and drive positive change.
The Young Scot Coronovirus page has a range of resources and links for young people.
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We partner with Nordoff Robbins to provide music therapy to our children and families.
Rachel Drury is the creator and composer of BabyO and SensoryO, two groundbreaking operas for infants aged between 6 and 36 months, for which she has received international acclaim. Both operas have toured internationally, and more recently to Royal Opera House, London in March 2014. Rachel is also a lecturer on the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and has given a variety of research lectures across the UK.
For any questions about symptoms, please contact NHS24 on 111.