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Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Coronavirus / COVID-19

If you have a new continuous cough and/or high temperaturedo not come to our hospitals.

Follow the national advice and stay at home for seven days. For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild infection, but for some of our patients it is a higher risk. Please help us to help you.

Important information about non-urgent inpatient operations and outpatient appointments.

From Monday 23 March we will not allow any visitors to our hospitals – with a few exceptions.

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  • We give immunomodulatory drugs to reduce overall disease activity (that is, to reduce the frequency, severity and duration of a relapse). There are also simple anti-inflammatories, analgesia and occasionally steroids to control flares. There is no cure.
  • Simple anti-inflammatory medication (such as ibuprofen and paracetemol) may need to be given at school. If the instructions on the packet are followed there is no specific reason why this cannot occur with the parent's consent.
  • Lessons may be missed to receive medication by injection or have blood tests.
  • Steroids may cause a change in facial and general body appearance.
  • Methotrexate may cause a child to feel sick or be irritable the following day.

Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy

Physical treatments may be undertaken during the day and a physiotherapist will advise about these. This may include hydrotherapy at a local pool and exercises to do at school.

We can give advice about aids, pain management and needs assessment. Please feel free to contact our physiotherapists and occupational therapists.

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