There are a vast number of services and facilities in place to help support you and your child if they become poorly. This can lead to some confusion around which service would be best to go to for advice, guidance and treatment (if necessary).
Our leaflet (Choose Well) will help inform your decision if your child becomes unwell. The leaflet details a number of local, community-based services such as NHS 111 and your Pharmacist who can often provide support to help you manage your child’s illness at home.
The leaflet is designed to guide you to the best possible service for your child locally and therefore helping you to select the most appropriate treatment option available and we have listed key local services, inluding the Minor injuries Unit at Orsett.
Please visit NHS Choices for a list of all services available.
You may also be interested in the following information you can download:
- Guide to Common Childhood Illnesses
- Diarrhoea and Vomiting Advice Sheet for Children 0-5 years
- Bronchiolitis Advice Sheet for Babies/Children under 2 years
- Head Injury advice for parents
- Worsening signs of a sick child - the Southend, Essex and Thurrock Safeguarding Children Boards have put together a leaflet to help you recognise when to seek help if your child is sick.
Remember these are guide, and as parents you know your child best; trust your own instincts.
Should your child’s condition deteriorate, seek medical advice immediately.