Important information relating to coronavirus (COVID-19)
We recognize that there will be disruptions to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in Buckinghamshire as a result of the impact COVID-19 is having across the county.
We want to reassure you that we are doing all we can to minimize this disruption, and that our priority is still to deliver our services as best we can to our young people and their families.
We will be keeping you updated and informed of any changes to service delivery.
If you are currently open to CAMHS or considering making a referral, please be aware of the following:
- At present, we are accepting referrals /offering assessments for severe, urgent, emergency and routine cases.
- Please use phone calls as the main way of communicating with us. Please avoid sending us paper referrals as these may not be checked regularly.
- The majority of appointments will be taking place digitally or over the phone. This includes new assessments as well as ongoing support and treatment for existing CAMHS cases. This is a temporary change in how we deliver our services until further notice due to COVID-19. If you have any questions, please contact your primary worker / care coordinator by phone.
- Where a face to face appointment is considered to be essential, you will be asked questions beforehand in order that we can reduce potential risk of infection as much as possible. These will include:
- Whether you have experienced any of the symptoms of Coronavirus within the last 14 days or if someone you live with has shown symptoms such as:
- new or continuous cough
- a high temperature
- shortness of breath
5. We will be pausing on diagnostic referrals for Neurodevelopmental disorders (ASD and ADHD) until the current situation changes. This is in order to focus our resources on urgent clinical issues. In addition, information from school is required to complete an assessment and this is not available currently due to school closures.
6. We will stop offering face to face post diagnostic support for neurodevelopmental disorders, but parents will be provided with on-line resources and information. If parents are still concerned having accessed these, they can request a specialist Neurodevelopmental practitioner contacts them.
- Please follow the latest Public Health Guidelines relating to managing suspected or confirmed symptoms of COVID-19. The latest guidance can be found here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
It's a crisis
If it’s an emergency, phone 999. This is if your child’s life or the life of another child or young person is at immediate risk.
If it’s not a 999 emergency, you can dial the CAMHS Mental Health Helpline on 01865 904 998 to seek help around mental health.
Coping with Coronavirus
We have compiled a few helpful resources to support children and young people experiencing worries about coronavirus (COVID-19).
Watch the video, download the self-help sheet and visit the Young Minds website.
Last updated: 15 May, 2020