Online service to support families in the ready response to COVID

Health and Welfare Minister Stephen Wade said that as part of Marshall’s Liberal government’s COVID preparedness plan, more than $ 3.7 million is being invested in creating the new service for look after the youngest cohort of South Australians when the borders reopen later this month.

“New COVIDKIDS service engages experienced pediatric nurses, physicians and other support staff from the Hospital for Women and Children to assess children with COVID-19 without them and their families needing to leave. home, ”said Minister Wade.

“We know that most children and youth with COVID-19 will have no symptoms or only mild symptoms. They will be supported by the specialized general practitioner assessment team that assesses and supports South Australians positive for COVID in partnership with our health networks.

“This service builds on the success of the hospital’s virtual emergency care service for children and adolescents, which provided nearly 500 families with medical assessment and counseling from their homes as part of a project. pilot launched earlier this year.

“By expanding the hospital’s capacity for online care, we are ensuring that the expected 95% of children and youth with COVID-19 who can be cared for outside of a hospital can be cared for, freeing up our hospitals for those in need. “

Families whose children are referred to COVIDKIDS will receive regular check-ups, support and counseling at home, and children will be able to access on-site care in hospital, if they need it.

If a child with COVID-19 needs in-person care, the COVIDKIDS team will arrange for them to come to the hospital and examine them in a newly improved space especially for patients with COVID-19, if applicable.

The space will have its own separate entrance dedicated to patients on King William Road. If a child with COVID-19 needs to be admitted to hospital, the COVIDKIDS team will make sure the process is as easy and safe for the family as possible.

“Marshall’s Liberal government is also investing in the modernization of the ventilation and air conditioning system infrastructure in this new area dedicated to patients with COVID-19. This will help provide a safe environment for children and families who need additional medical care and support and who need to be hospitalized, ”said Minister Wade.

WCHN CEO Lindsey Gough said the new COVIDKIDS service will provide families with access to timely medical care from the comfort of their homes for children with non-life threatening symptoms of COVID-19 , while also minimizing the spread of this potentially fatal disease. threatening disease.

“Children can be ‘admitted’ to the COVIDKIDS service through GPAT, a general practitioner liaison service, and then contacted and assessed by a pediatrician and an experienced pediatric nurse via video conference,” Ms. Gough said.

“This team will decide how often the child should be monitored, which can be once a day via a phone call from a pediatric nurse, or up to twice a day with a doctor / nurse team via video conference.

“Parents will also be asked to monitor their child’s health and well-being, including temperature, breathing, food and drink.”

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