Your child's respiratory virus infection and how we manage it

Please use the hand sanitiser at the ward           Contact us
entrance every time you enter and leave the
ward. Also, if you are changing nappies or          If you have any questions or concerns
assisting your child on the toilet, please wash     about respiratory virus infections, please
your hands or use the hand sanitiser after          contact the Infection Prevention and
each nappy change or toilet visit.                  Control Team on 020 7188 3153
                                                    (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).
Please also encourage your child to wash
their hands after going to the toilet and before
                                                    For more information leaflets on
                                                                                                             Your child’s
meal times, and advise family not to visit if
they are unwell themselves.                         conditions, procedures, treatments and
                                                    services offered at our hospitals, please
                                                                                                             respiratory virus
Hand Hygiene
                                                    visit www.evelinalondon.nhs.uk/leaflets
                                                                                                             infection and how we
Whether you use soap and water, or the
hand sanitiser, it is important to clean                                                                     manage it
your hands thoroughly.                              Further information
                                                    Evelina London Medicines Helpline
Please follow the steps shown in the                If you have any questions or concerns
diagram below to help stop the spread of            about your child’s medicines, please
these common infections. These                      speak to the staff caring for them or
guidelines are also on all of our                   contact our helpline.
dispensers for reference.                           t: 020 7188 3003 10am to 5pm, Mon to Fri
                                                    e: letstalkmedicines@gstt.nhs.uk

                                                    Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)
                                                    To make comments or raise concerns about
                                                    the Trust’s services, please contact PALS.
                                                    t: 020 7188 8801 e: pals@gstt.nhs.uk




                                                                            Leaflet number: 4164/VER1
                                                                              Date published: October 2015
Image reproduced with permission from Deb Ltd                                   Review date: October 2018
                                                         © 2015 Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

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What is a respiratory                               In areas like Children’s Intensive Care, other      Children with any other respiratory viruses may
                                                    samples like sputum (phlegm) or bronchial           also be cared for in a single room. However, in
infection?                                          washings may also be taken for investigation.       winter it is likely they will be cared for in a bay,
Respiratory infections are infections of the                                                            called a cohort, with other children who are
upper and lower respiratory tract, which            What types of respiratory                           affected by a range of respiratory viruses.
includes the nose, throat, ears, sinuses
(small air-filled holes behind your                 viruses are there?
cheekbones and forehead) and the lungs.             Our laboratory does a test that looks for a         What else do we do to prevent
They are most commonly caused by viruses            wide range of respiratory viruses, including:       the spread of respiratory virus
but can also be caused by bacteria. This
leaflet will provide information on respiratory     Influenza (flu)                                     infections?
virus infections only.                              Respiratory Syncitial Virus (RSV)                   When a child coughs or sneezes, the virus
                                                    Parainfluenza viruses                               rapidly falls onto the bed, chair, and floor.
Respiratory virus infections cause colds and        Adenoviruses
flu, and affect both children and adults. They                                                          To prevent any cross infection (transfer of virus
                                                    Enteroviruses                                       between people) all staff who are caring for
occur most commonly in the winter months
from October to March.                              Rhinoviruses                                        your child are expected to have received their
                                                    Bocavirus                                           annual flu jab and to practice excellent
The symptoms of respiratory viruses include         Corona Viruses                                      hygiene. This includes hand washing or using
runny or congested nose, earache, sneezing,                                                             the hand sanitiser, before and after contact
cough, rapid breathing, and possible malaise                                                            with your child, as well as using gloves and
(feeling weak), fever and chills.                   Why is my child in a                                aprons.
                                                    respiratory virus bay?
                                                                                                        We also ask that parents and carers follow the
How do we test for respiratory                      During winter, the number of children admitted      hygiene advice detailed below. Please speak
viruses?                                            with symptoms of respiratory viruses far            to a member of staff if you have any questions.
                                                    exceeds the number of single rooms we have
The same respiratory virus can affect people
                                                    to isolate infections. Therefore, we have to
differently. Therefore, if your child is admitted
                                                    prioritise which infections need a single room      What can I do to prevent
with a suspected respiratory virus infection,
                                                    and this will depend on the risk of the infection
we take two swabs from them. We send
                                                    spreading to others.
                                                                                                        the spread of respiratory
these to our laboratory team, who will try and                                                          virus infections?
identify the virus concerned.
                                                    Influenza is considered very infectious, and a      We ask that all parents and carers follow the
                                                    more serious infection. A child with suspected      instructions from the ward staff about good
The swabs are taken from your child’s nose,
                                                    or confirmed flu is isolated in a single room if    hand hygiene.
and the back of their throat. This can be
                                                    possible.
uncomfortable but enables us to get a good
sample for diagnosis.
                                              2                                                     3                                                    4
What is a respiratory                               In areas like Children’s Intensive Care, other      Children with any other respiratory viruses may
                                                    samples like sputum (phlegm) or bronchial           also be cared for in a single room. However, in
infection?                                          washings may also be taken for investigation.       winter it is likely they will be cared for in a bay,
Respiratory infections are infections of the                                                            called a cohort, with other children who are
upper and lower respiratory tract, which            What types of respiratory                           affected by a range of respiratory viruses.
includes the nose, throat, ears, sinuses
(small air-filled holes behind your                 viruses are there?
cheekbones and forehead) and the lungs.             Our laboratory does a test that looks for a         What else do we do to prevent
They are most commonly caused by viruses            wide range of respiratory viruses, including:       the spread of respiratory virus
but can also be caused by bacteria. This
leaflet will provide information on respiratory     Influenza (flu)                                     infections?
virus infections only.                              Respiratory Syncitial Virus (RSV)                   When a child coughs or sneezes, the virus
                                                    Parainfluenza viruses                               rapidly falls onto the bed, chair, and floor.
Respiratory virus infections cause colds and        Adenoviruses
flu, and affect both children and adults. They                                                          To prevent any cross infection (transfer of virus
                                                    Enteroviruses                                       between people) all staff who are caring for
occur most commonly in the winter months
from October to March.                              Rhinoviruses                                        your child are expected to have received their
                                                    Bocavirus                                           annual flu jab and to practice excellent
The symptoms of respiratory viruses include         Corona Viruses                                      hygiene. This includes hand washing or using
runny or congested nose, earache, sneezing,                                                             the hand sanitiser, before and after contact
cough, rapid breathing, and possible malaise                                                            with your child, as well as using gloves and
(feeling weak), fever and chills.                   Why is my child in a                                aprons.
                                                    respiratory virus bay?
                                                                                                        We also ask that parents and carers follow the
How do we test for respiratory                      During winter, the number of children admitted      hygiene advice detailed below. Please speak
viruses?                                            with symptoms of respiratory viruses far            to a member of staff if you have any questions.
                                                    exceeds the number of single rooms we have
The same respiratory virus can affect people
                                                    to isolate infections. Therefore, we have to
differently. Therefore, if your child is admitted
                                                    prioritise which infections need a single room      What can I do to prevent
with a suspected respiratory virus infection,
                                                    and this will depend on the risk of the infection
we take two swabs from them. We send
                                                    spreading to others.
                                                                                                        the spread of respiratory
these to our laboratory team, who will try and                                                          virus infections?
identify the virus concerned.
                                                    Influenza is considered very infectious, and a      We ask that all parents and carers follow the
                                                    more serious infection. A child with suspected      instructions from the ward staff about good
The swabs are taken from your child’s nose,
                                                    or confirmed flu is isolated in a single room if    hand hygiene.
and the back of their throat. This can be
                                                    possible.
uncomfortable but enables us to get a good
sample for diagnosis.
                                              2                                                     3                                                    4
What is a respiratory                               In areas like Children’s Intensive Care, other      Children with any other respiratory viruses may
                                                    samples like sputum (phlegm) or bronchial           also be cared for in a single room. However, in
infection?                                          washings may also be taken for investigation.       winter it is likely they will be cared for in a bay,
Respiratory infections are infections of the                                                            called a cohort, with other children who are
upper and lower respiratory tract, which            What types of respiratory                           affected by a range of respiratory viruses.
includes the nose, throat, ears, sinuses
(small air-filled holes behind your                 viruses are there?
cheekbones and forehead) and the lungs.             Our laboratory does a test that looks for a         What else do we do to prevent
They are most commonly caused by viruses            wide range of respiratory viruses, including:       the spread of respiratory virus
but can also be caused by bacteria. This
leaflet will provide information on respiratory     Influenza (flu)                                     infections?
virus infections only.                              Respiratory Syncitial Virus (RSV)                   When a child coughs or sneezes, the virus
                                                    Parainfluenza viruses                               rapidly falls onto the bed, chair, and floor.
Respiratory virus infections cause colds and        Adenoviruses
flu, and affect both children and adults. They                                                          To prevent any cross infection (transfer of virus
                                                    Enteroviruses                                       between people) all staff who are caring for
occur most commonly in the winter months
from October to March.                              Rhinoviruses                                        your child are expected to have received their
                                                    Bocavirus                                           annual flu jab and to practice excellent
The symptoms of respiratory viruses include         Corona Viruses                                      hygiene. This includes hand washing or using
runny or congested nose, earache, sneezing,                                                             the hand sanitiser, before and after contact
cough, rapid breathing, and possible malaise                                                            with your child, as well as using gloves and
(feeling weak), fever and chills.                   Why is my child in a                                aprons.
                                                    respiratory virus bay?
                                                                                                        We also ask that parents and carers follow the
How do we test for respiratory                      During winter, the number of children admitted      hygiene advice detailed below. Please speak
viruses?                                            with symptoms of respiratory viruses far            to a member of staff if you have any questions.
                                                    exceeds the number of single rooms we have
The same respiratory virus can affect people
                                                    to isolate infections. Therefore, we have to
differently. Therefore, if your child is admitted
                                                    prioritise which infections need a single room      What can I do to prevent
with a suspected respiratory virus infection,
                                                    and this will depend on the risk of the infection
we take two swabs from them. We send
                                                    spreading to others.
                                                                                                        the spread of respiratory
these to our laboratory team, who will try and                                                          virus infections?
identify the virus concerned.
                                                    Influenza is considered very infectious, and a      We ask that all parents and carers follow the
                                                    more serious infection. A child with suspected      instructions from the ward staff about good
The swabs are taken from your child’s nose,
                                                    or confirmed flu is isolated in a single room if    hand hygiene.
and the back of their throat. This can be
                                                    possible.
uncomfortable but enables us to get a good
sample for diagnosis.
                                              2                                                     3                                                    4
Please use the hand sanitiser at the ward           Contact us
entrance every time you enter and leave the
ward. Also, if you are changing nappies or          If you have any questions or concerns
assisting your child on the toilet, please wash     about respiratory virus infections, please
your hands or use the hand sanitiser after          contact the Infection Prevention and
each nappy change or toilet visit.                  Control Team on 020 7188 3153
                                                    (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).
Please also encourage your child to wash
their hands after going to the toilet and before
                                                    For more information leaflets on
                                                                                                             Your child’s
meal times, and advise family not to visit if
they are unwell themselves.                         conditions, procedures, treatments and
                                                    services offered at our hospitals, please
                                                                                                             respiratory virus
Hand Hygiene
                                                    visit www.evelinalondon.nhs.uk/leaflets
                                                                                                             infection and how we
Whether you use soap and water, or the
hand sanitiser, it is important to clean                                                                     manage it
your hands thoroughly.                              Further information
                                                    Evelina London Medicines Helpline
Please follow the steps shown in the                If you have any questions or concerns
diagram below to help stop the spread of            about your child’s medicines, please
these common infections. These                      speak to the staff caring for them or
guidelines are also on all of our                   contact our helpline.
dispensers for reference.                           t: 020 7188 3003 10am to 5pm, Mon to Fri
                                                    e: letstalkmedicines@gstt.nhs.uk

                                                    Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)
                                                    To make comments or raise concerns about
                                                    the Trust’s services, please contact PALS.
                                                    t: 020 7188 8801 e: pals@gstt.nhs.uk




                                                                            Leaflet number: 4164/VER1
                                                                              Date published: October 2015
Image reproduced with permission from Deb Ltd                                   Review date: October 2018
                                                         © 2015 Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

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Please use the hand sanitiser at the ward           Contact us
entrance every time you enter and leave the
ward. Also, if you are changing nappies or          If you have any questions or concerns
assisting your child on the toilet, please wash     about respiratory virus infections, please
your hands or use the hand sanitiser after          contact the Infection Prevention and
each nappy change or toilet visit.                  Control Team on 020 7188 3153
                                                    (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).
Please also encourage your child to wash
their hands after going to the toilet and before
                                                    For more information leaflets on
                                                                                                             Your child’s
meal times, and advise family not to visit if
they are unwell themselves.                         conditions, procedures, treatments and
                                                    services offered at our hospitals, please
                                                                                                             respiratory virus
Hand Hygiene
                                                    visit www.evelinalondon.nhs.uk/leaflets
                                                                                                             infection and how we
Whether you use soap and water, or the
hand sanitiser, it is important to clean                                                                     manage it
your hands thoroughly.                              Further information
                                                    Evelina London Medicines Helpline
Please follow the steps shown in the                If you have any questions or concerns
diagram below to help stop the spread of            about your child’s medicines, please
these common infections. These                      speak to the staff caring for them or
guidelines are also on all of our                   contact our helpline.
dispensers for reference.                           t: 020 7188 3003 10am to 5pm, Mon to Fri
                                                    e: letstalkmedicines@gstt.nhs.uk

                                                    Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)
                                                    To make comments or raise concerns about
                                                    the Trust’s services, please contact PALS.
                                                    t: 020 7188 8801 e: pals@gstt.nhs.uk




                                                                            Leaflet number: 4164/VER1
                                                                              Date published: October 2015
Image reproduced with permission from Deb Ltd                                   Review date: October 2018
                                                         © 2015 Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

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