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Coronavirus and Spinal Cord Injury
We are aware that the situation is changing daily and so we will update this page on as regular a basis as possible.
Many of our members, people with spinal cord injury (SCI), their families and professionals will be concerned about the emerging Coronavirus epidemic and how it might impact on you.
SIA is re-deploying elements of its specialist nursing, peer support network and advocacy teams to offer telephone, email and on-line expertise to support all SCI people who have concerns related to their spinal cord injury because of the impact of the Coronavirus epidemic. Our three-pronged support will aim to:
- Continue to advise – updated advice and links right here on this page below
- Advocate on behalf of anyone affected by a spinal cord injury in relation to ensuring proper care while managing the impact of Coronavirus.
- Support, refer, link and triage SCI people to other services, charities and advice as needed
- Advice on risk, vulnerability and Coronavirus for SCI people
- SCI Nurse Specialist Debbie Green: Preparing for a hospital admission to a district general hospital
- SCI Health & Care Intervention form – a self-filled form to ensure you receive the right care if admitted to hospital (see Advocacy below)
- Hand washing techniques – National Patient Safety Agency
- Briefing One: Summary Advice: Spinal Cord Injury and Coronavirus
- Supplementary clinical advice on SCI, paralysis and Coronavirus
- Briefing Two: Carers, SCI in the context of Coronavirus
- Briefing Three: Advice to Healthcare Professionals
Note we will continue to offer additional real-time advice from government, ourselves or partners through our Facebook and Twitter pages using the hashtag #CoronavirusSCI
Advocacy and Campaigns
SIA has already contacted the Department of Health & Social Care, all Spinal Cord Injury Centres, NHS England and the Chief Medical Officer. We have now gained NHS England confirmation that people with a SCI are considered to be in a high-risk ‘vulnerable’ category under neurological conditions as mentioned in the Guidance on social distancing for everyone in the UK and protecting older people and vulnerable adults .
This means that the NHS will respond to SCI people as ‘a high risk category’ in relation to the Coronavirus and its likely impact and all advice and support through 111 and 999 will be treated as a priority case.
In all enquiries about Coronavirus, we recommend SCI people state that they are spinal cord injured and therefore within a higher risk category for support.
We will keep our community informed of all updates from any of these bodies as they emerge.
If you are concerned about the quality of your SCI related care whilst being treated for Coronavirus, please contact our helpline on 0800 980 0501, and we will link you to a member of our advocacy team to support you with your case
If you are looking for any support we will endeavour to link you to either one of our specialist nursing, peer support network and advocacy teams or to an appropriate partner organisation who might have specialist areas of support they can offer.
Again for any such requests for support please contact our helpline on 0800 980 0501.
We have plans to build more resources and links in relation to living in isolation, working from home, delivery of essential SCI related supplies and wellbeing.
In the meantime
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