The Nelson Medical Practice

Kingston Road, London, SW20 8DA

South West London CCG Member Practice

111 Out of hours
GP services only, call: 020 3826 0826
All other Health Centre Services, call: 0203 668 3300
GP services only
email address: swlccg.enquiriesnelson@nhs.net

Hot Topics – My Child and Coronavirus

Hot Topics – your questions answered.

Members of our patient group have kindly put together a few questions that maybe relevant to anyone living in the area. If you have a question yourself, and you think the answer may be of interest to others then please let us know using the ‘contact us’ form on the practice website and we will endeavour to answer them in this section.

Dr Tom Wilson

My child and coronavirus October 2020:

With coronavirus rates increasing again many people are asking us how and when to get a coronavirus test. The most up-to-date national information can be found on the NHS website www.nhs.uk/coronavirus-covid-19 including details on how to book a test. Up to date information including details of the current coronavirus information, local infection rates and guidance can also be found by downloading the NHS COVID 19 app www.nhs.uk/apps-library/nhs-covid-19

The symptoms of coronavirus include:

  • fever >37.8
  • continuous cough
  • loss or change in the sense of smell and or taste

In our experience the symptoms of coronavirus are highly variable with some people becoming seriously unwell but most having minimal or no symptoms, thankfully this is usually the case in children. In general we would advise caution – self isolating if you think you are becoming unwell and organising a test if you have any of the above symptoms. Please also bear in mind (particularly in children) that there are many other causes of a fever and continue to seek help as you would do in any normal year.

Do I need to book a test EACH time my child has a fever above 37.8?

A test should be organised (if the above symptoms are present) for every illness episode. This does not necessarily mean every time the temperature goes above 37.8, but it does mean that a repeat test may be needed if you have recovered and then become unwell again.

Can I send my child to school if they don’t have high temperature anymore, but they did not have a test?

If your child has had the symptoms of coronavirus (fever >37.8, continuous cough, loss or change in the sense of smell) then they will need to isolate until they have had a negative test or for at least 10 days from symptom onset. Individuals in their support bubble will also need to isolate for 14 days or until they have a negative coronavirus test.

Should I keep my child at home if one of our family is showing one of the symptoms?

Yes – until the family member has a negative test or all members have isolated for the required length of time (usually 14 days).

For how long should I keep my child at home?

For at least 10 days from symptom onset or until you receive a negative test for coronavirus, however members of the support bubble may need to isolate for longer. More information can be found at: www.nhs.uk/how-long-to-self-isolate

If I am unable to work because of coronavirus do I need a sick note?

No – you can apply for an NHS ‘isolation note’ directly from the NHS website  www.111.nhs.uk/isolation-note

How do I treat the symptoms of coronavirus?

In the majority of cases symptoms of coronavirus can be managed safely at home with routine self-care, ensuring that you isolate yourself from others to avoid spread. However if you do think you are becoming more unwell for example significantly more short of breath, confused or lethargic then please seek further medical advice either via the surgery in hours of NHS 111 out of hours. Information relating to symptoms can be found at patient.co.uk www.patient.info/coronavirus-how-quickly-do-covid-19-symptoms-develop-and-how-long-do-they-last

How do I organise a coronavirus test for me or my child?

Coronavirus tests can be organised for those with symptoms at www.nhs.uk/get-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus or by calling 119. Please note that the surgery does not have separate access to coronavirus testing and local accident and emergency departments will only test those who have a clinical need.