Covid-19 resources for patient and families
Our Patient Advice and Liaison Team have put together this page of useful resources for patients and families that can be used during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. There is a mix of activities for children, advice and links to support and advice resources.
For details on social distancing, masks and other information around coming in to the hospital to be treated please see our Restoration of services page.
PPE explained video
For children who are unsure about what PPE is or a scared of doctors and nurse who are wearing it we have produced this video with the support of our Young Person's Advice Group that helps to explain all about it.
- COVID-19 Isolating at Home Safety Netting: https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/12/C0719_COVID-Isolating-at-Home-Safety-Netting-Leaflet-Revised-FINAL-171220.pdf
- How to look after yourself at home if you have coronavirus (COVID-19): https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-and-treatment/how-to-treat-symptoms-at-home/
Resources made by YPAG
Resources created by our young people
- YPAG and Think4Brum Self-Isolation Survival Guide[pdf] 15MB
- Self-Isolation Survival Guide (version for people with learning disabilities) created by YPAG and Think4Brum[pdf] 12MB
- How to cope with isolation - YPAG tips and resources [pdf] 790KB
- Kings and queens activity pack [pdf] 3MB
- Sunshine activity pack [pdf] 3MB
- Superhero activity pack [pdf] 2MB
- Pirate and princess week activity pack [pdf] 2MB
- Minibeasts & insects week pack [pdf] 3MB
- Gardening week - activity pack [pdf] 3MB
- Picnic week activity pack [pdf] 3MB
- YPAG well-being pack [pdf] 8MB
- Sports week - activity pack [pdf] 762KB
- Nature week activity pack [pdf] 992KB
- Mythical week activity pack [pdf] 2MB
- Summer Week activity pack [pdf] 3MB
- Staying safe in the school holidays activity pack [pdf] 3MB
- Zoo Week activity pack [pdf] 4MB
- Learn about zoos [pdf] 242KB
- Treasure Hunt Week activity pack [pdf] 863KB
- Festival Week activity pack [pdf] 794KB
- Friendship Week activity pack [pdf] 976KB
- Beach Week activity pack [pdf] 3MB
- Autumn activity pack [pdf] 3MB
- November activity pack 2020 [pdf] 1MB
- Isolation wellbeing - exercise, nutrition, games, socialising, and weekly routine [pdf] 790KB
- February activity pack 2021 [pdf] 3MB
- YPAG wellbeing pack [pdf] 8MB
Mental health wellbeing and support
- Birmingham Mind: 0121 262 3555 / firstname.lastname@example.org (9am-11pm 7 days a week)
- Birmingham & Solihull CCG – Mental Health support for patients of all ages and key workers
- Mental Health Foundation: Looking after your Mental Health during the COVID-19 outbreak
- Alzheimer’s Society – Support for people affected by Dementia
Domestic abuse support
- Birmingham & Solihull Women’s Aid 0808 800 0028 / www.bswaid.org
- Black Country Women’s Aid 0121 553 0090 (Sandwell) / 01922 649 569 (Walsall) / www.blackcountrywomensaid.co.uk
- The Haven Wolverhampton 08000 194 400
- St Georges Hub for Male Victims 01902421904
- Men’s Advice Line 0808 801 0327 / 0300 303 1977 (Victim Support) / https://www.victimsupport.org.uk/help-and-support/get-help/support-near-you/west-midlands/west-midlands
- National Domestic Abuse Helpline 0808 2000 247 (24hr) / https://www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk
Help for parents
- Our own COVID-19 Family Leaflet [pdf] 88KB
- How parents can explain Coronavirus to their children: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51734855
- Just for kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus from npr.org
- Amaze – Info pack for parents (FAQ’s about COVID-19 for parents/carers of children with SEND in Brighton & Hove but useful nationally)
- Covibook – an interactive resource designed to support and reassure children aged 7 and under, designed to help children explain and draw the emotions that they might be experiencing during the pandemic
- Young Minds – Talking to your child about COVID-19 and 10 tips to support family wellbeing
- Babies Cry, You Can Cope! Advice and Support [pdf] 124KB - Advice leaflet from NHS West Hampshire CCG
The Department of Education have setup a dedicated helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows: 0800 046 8687/ DfE.email@example.com
Resources for deaf people/ people with learning disabilities
- COVID-19 updates (ensuring information is available in British Sign Language (BSL) – Updated Daily): /
- COVID-19 information available in alternative formats (e.g. BSL/Easy Read etc) from Gloucestershire Hospitals
- Guidelines for supporting people with additional needs during COVID-19 closures
Local Voluntary Organisations & Support
Healthwatch Birmingham - improving local health & social care services
Birmingham Healthwatch Covid-19 Survey
By completing the Healthwatch Birmingham Covid-19 Survey you will contribute to improved support at this time, particularly for those who are vulnerable. Telephone surveys are available – contact 0800 652 5278.
BVSC help and support is available from the voluntary and community sector across Birmingham, including financial and hardship support.
Resources in languages other than English
- Birmingham City Council info on COVID-19 including face coverings, diabetes and Test & Trace in community languages.
- Stay at home guidance from the government for households with possible infections is available in many languages.
- Doctors of the World have produced information in lots of languages.
Coronavirus vaccine Q&A in five South Asian languages on the BBC website
Coronavirus and your pregnancy
We understand that you will be worried about the impact of coronavirus on your pregnancy and your baby; that’s natural. To try and help we’ve pulled together information about coronavirus, your pregnancy care and changes we have made to maternity services during the coronavirus outbreak in to a leaflet – Coronavirus and your pregnancy[pdf] 2MB. This leaflet is also available in Arabic, Bengali, Urdu and Somalian.
If you need to stay with us overnight we will test your for COVID-19. Find out more about pre-admission testing on our dedicated page.
We also have a dedicated COVID-19 hotline available Monday to Friday, 9am until 5pm on 0121 335 8234. Our friendly midwives are on hand to answer any questions you might have about your maternity care during COVID-19. The helpline is available for you to discuss changes we have made to the care we provide, to ensure your safety during pregnancy, birth and after you have your baby. We can also offer advice on what you can expect when coming into our hospital.
If you still have any further questions you can also get in touch with you community midwife.
It’s really important that if you have any concerns during your pregnancy (such as stomach pains, bleeding, reduced/changed movements) you don’t hesitate in contacting our Maternity Triage on 03000 201 201, as well as obviously getting in touch at the onset of labour.
If you would like futher information on coronavirus and pregnancy you can also see this document from the NHS: Pregnancy and coronavirus