Advice for Oncology Patients COVID-19

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National Children’s Cancer Service, Children's Health Ireland at Crumlin

CHI at Crumlin COVID-19 Helpline

CHI at Crumlin COVID-19 Helpline

If you have a general query related to COVID-19, CHI at Crumlin have set up a helpline Monday – Friday 9am to 5pm on (01) 4096117.

If you have a specific clinical query, please continue to contact the oncology department in the usual manner.

We continue to advise families to seek medical care appropriately through the same channels as before (your GP, your emergency room, your clinical nurse specialist, your local hospital) and not to avoid or postpone review if concerned.

Click here for information for all CHI families attending the hospital during COVID-19

Information from the CHI Oncology Team for parents/guardians of patients on chemotherapy in relation to COVID-19 - Updated 31 March

  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 practice social distancing as advised by the HSE  and government

  3. Avoid public indoor areas (e.g. cinema, restaurants, shopping centres). Practice strict social distancing even when outdoors.

  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 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 anyone who is awaiting a COVID-19 test result or anyone who has had 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. Any delays or rescheduling will be communicated to you by phone

  11. We may be required  to swab your child for COVID 19 in advance of a scheduled  theatre visit. If this is the case we will communicate this to you in advance.

  12. All active treatment clinics are continuing for now. Appointment time slots are being issued by phone to minimise numbers in the waiting area of HOOPS. If early arrival, please wait in your car until your time slot.

  13. All children on oral chemotherapy should continue this unless instructed otherwise by their CNS/Consultant.

  14. All follow up clinics/long-term follow up clinics are being deferred. Some may switch to virtual/telephone clinics – parents will be notified in these cases.

  15. Please attend your shared care centre if your child is unwell as is normal practice.

Resources for Children

Please click on the links below for useful information for children prepared by our Psychology team, as well as some additional resources. 

I feel worried about Coronavirus (COVID-19)

My Coronavirus (COVID-19) Test Story

Social Distancing - Staying Home and Staying Safe

Superheroes and Masks

Talking to Children about Illness

Coronavirus Explained for Children