School nurses create a video reminding young people the school nursing service is still available during the pandemic
Young people across Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset are being reminded via a social media video that the school nursing service is available to them during the coronavirus pandemic.
School nurses are offering support to children, any young people and their families via their confidential telephone advice line.
The video features school nurses and young people describing what the service can help with, including: anxiety, sexuality, bereavement as well as drugs and alcohol.
But if a young person has a concern which the school nurses are not themselves able to assist with, they will find someone who can.
Young people can use the confidential service by calling one of three numbers, depending whether they live in Bristol, South Gloucestershire or North Somerset.
The video was made by the school nurses in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset and includes a piece of music composed by Sam Lawrence, an 18-year-old student at Gordano School in Portishead.
Geraldine Bates, Head of Children’s Services, Bristol, Sirona care & health, said: “Whether young people are in school or not, we want them to know their school nurses are still here to help them.
“A school nurse is available on the phone every week day and are here to help as we always have been.”
Chrissie Hardman, Head of Children and Family Health Services, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset, Sirona, said: “In light of the coronavirus situation, many of our services have needed to change how we stay in touch with children and young people and their families.
“School nursing is available on the phone and we would encourage any young person in need of support to reach out.
“Even if our school nurses cannot help with the issue being raised they will be able to find someone who can.”
The services can be contacted using the following numbers:
Bristol: 0300 1245816
South Gloucestershire: 01454 862441
North Somerset: 01934 419339
The video can be seen here: