This guidance issued by CCLG is intended for children and young people on active cancer treatment and up to six months after completion of treatment.
Whilst the document related to NHS, the advice is generic and may be helpful.
Please click heading for the link to the guidelines.
UPDATE FROM CHI CRUMLIN 20/03/2020
CHI at Crumlin has asked us to update the important information for parents/guardians of patients on chemotherapy in relation to COVID-19 .
Click on link Advice for Oncology Patients COVID-19
We would again like to advice parents who are looking for support or to talk to trained parent volunteer to contact the Irish Cancer Society on freephone 1800 200700.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS OF PATIENTS ON CHEMOTHERAPHY IN RELATION TO COVID -19 FROM CHI at CRUMLIN
1. Covid -19 has not to date been shown to significantly affect children. However, chemotherapy reduces the ability of the immune system to fight infection. Therefore, your child may be at higher risk of illness from the virus.
2. Limit visitors to your house and social gatherings as advised by DOH and government.
3. Avoid crowded indoor areas (e.g. cinema, restaurants, shopping centres).
4. Thorough hand washing and cough hygiene (cough into elbow, discard used tissue and wash hands) are essential.
5. If your child has a fever, please call your local hospital or St. John’s ward (after 5pm) or the day unit (HODU) (8am to 5pm), as you would normally.
6. Please do not arrive into the HODU unannounced for routine assessment of a temperature. Phone first so that an assessment can be made about where to place you and your child on arrival to hospital.
7. Please inform the Nurse or Doctor on the phone if your child has any of the following in addition to fever: cough, sore throat, runny nose, difficulty breathing
8. Inform us if you or your child has been exposed to anyone with known/suspected COVID-19 or has any recent foreign travel
9. Please ensure the parent/guardian who brings them to hospital is well, and does not have a fever or cough. Only one parent/guardian to accompany child.
10. Elective chemotherapy and theatre schedules will continue as usual and for as long as is feasible.
11. All active treatment clinics are continuing for now.
12. All follow up clinics/long-term follow up clinics are continuing unless otherwise specified. Some may switch to virtual/telephone clinics – parents will be notified in these cases.
13. Please attend your shared care centre if your child is unwell as is normal practice