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Coronavirus update for Cancer Centre for Children

Friday 27 March 2020 in News from the Cancer Centre

These are our current recommendations regarding precautions for preventing Coronavirus exposure. This page will be updated daily (Monday to Friday).

Dear Families,

The situation continues to change rapidly and consequently so will our recommendations.

When you now come to clinic, there will be new screening procedures (to check if your child has a fever or is unwell).

Advice and recommendations for patients undergoing therapy or having scans and reviews are as follows:

  1. Patients who are scheduled to receive therapy will continue to do so as per their treatment plan.
  2. Patients who are scheduled to have scans will continue to have the scans performed. Results of the scans and subsequent appointments will be communicated by the Cancer Centre staff by phone or teleconference.
  3. Patients receiving only oral chemotherapy (for the most part this involves patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia) will continue to be monitored closely.

If the blood test is done in OTC (and if your child is well) you can go home without waiting for review. The Cancer Centre staff will contact each family later in the day by phone or teleconference or via the My Health Memory Application to advise on any changes to doses and to provide any required prescriptions and organize next appointment.

  1. Patients who are scheduled for review and who are well will have the review postponed or conducted via teleconference/telephone.
  2. If you require prescriptions please let us know in advance so we can minimize waiting times

Any patient who is unwell, please call first (Camperdown or Clinic) – You will be seen and assessed as per normal practice either in the Oncology Clinic or the Emergency department.

School recommendations

For all patients who are currently on treatment, or post BMT whilst in isolation, or if treatment was completed within the last 6 months – we recommend that these children do NOT attend school.

This also applies to their school age and pre-school age siblings.

ANZCHOG Guidance

Australian & New Zealand Childrens Haematology/Oncology Group (ANZCHOG) has released COVID-19 guidance for children and young people undergoing cancer treatment. You can read it and download the pdf here.

Visiting The Children's Hospital at Westmead

Please help keep our patients safe. In response to coronavirus (COVID-19), the following changes have been made at our hospital:

  • we have restricted visiting for families to one visitor per patient.
  • no siblings or other children are permitted.
  • strict social distancing rules are being followed.
  • our facilities are not open to the general public, except for patients and one carer.

You must not enter our hospital if you:

  • have a fever or a cold and flu-like illness or
  • have been overseas in the last 14 days or
  • have been in contact with anyone who has COVID-19 in the last 14 days.

We appreciate your patience and understanding.

Variety Ward moves to Exley Ward

On 20 March 2020 Oncology patients in Variety Ward moved to Exley Ward. Find out more about this move here.

Tips for coping with coronavirus anxiety 

This information sheet outlines some useful strategies which can help both adults and children cope with the stress or anxiety experienced as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. 

Trusted sources of information about coronavirus (COVID-19)

For the most up-to-date information visit the dedicated NSW Health information page. Press conferences can be viewed on the NSW Health Facebook page.

As the Coronavirus situation is continually evolving, please refer to this article on the Sydney Children's Hospitals Network website. It provides more information and a list of FAQs about COVID-19. 

Last updated: 28 March 2020

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