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Child Health

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Every parent or carer wants to know what to do when a child is ill - how to take care of them at home, and when to call for a doctor or emergency services.

Learn how to spot the signs and symptoms of serious illnesses using the CCG's Interactive Guide to Common Childhood Illnesses. This easy-to-use guide was produced with input from the Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital, local GPs and health visitors.

You can also find lots of information on what to do when your child is ill in this helpful video (subtitled version available here).  

Call NHS 111

If you are worried about your child's condition and can't get to see your GP, call 111 (free from landlines and mobiles) for help and advice. The phoneline is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

NHS 111 in Brighton and Hove is run by our local ambulance service and can:

  • Refer you to the Out of Hours service.  The service can send a doctor out to you or make an appointment for you at its clinic at the front of Brighton's Royal Sussex County Hospital.  It is open from 18.00 to 8.00 on week nights, and throughout the day and night at weekends. 
     
  • Call you an ambulance if it is agreed that your child needs to go to the A&E department at The Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital
     
  • Refer you to the Out of Hours service for an urgent prescription
     
  • Give you advice 

Search online for urgent care services open now

Visit the CCG's website at www.wecouldbeheroes.nhs.uk for information on Brighton's 7-day-a-week walk-in clinic, late-night pharmacies and more.

Mental health

For information on local mental health support for children and young people go to the parents' information page in the Mental Health section of this website.

SEND

Information on the help and support available locally for children and young people aged 0 to 25 with special educational needs and/or a disability (SEND), and their families, is outlined in the Local Offer. It covers health, education, social care, leisure, preparing for adulthood and more.  

Code of Practice

Brighton & Hove CCG is committed to fulfilling its responsibilities as outlined in the Special educational needs and disability code of practice: 0 to 25 years: Statutory guidance for organisations which work with and support children and young people who have special educational needs or disability (2015) and the NHS Mandate.

The Code of Practice Guidance sets out the principles contained within section 19 of the Children and Families Act 2014.

Brighton & Hove CCG are working closely with the local authority in progressing joint commissioning arrangements covering 0 to 25 years, and our commitment is outlined in the Commissioning Strategy: Health and Wellbeing of Children, young people and families 2015 to 2020