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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) : Latest information and advice

What is the current situation with the COVID -19 (Coronavirus) and where to find more information.

Information from the London Borough of Sutton

COVID-19 Public Health

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Public health and Sutton Health & Care services run by Sutton Council

Health Visiting clinics and development reviews

Due to the challenges facing our service, we are temporarily changing the way we work to focus on a limited range of core services. 

All child health clinics are now paused until further notice. This includes breastfeeding, introducing solids groups and healthy weight clinics.

All face to face contacts with families will be reduced to comply with social distancing and social isolation guidance. This includes new birth visits and 6-8 week checks. These will now take place via phone or through video conferencing. 

The perinatal mental health service will run a reduced service. Wellbeing SPACE Group meetings are postponed and members of the group will be contacted each week by phone. 

Families can use  a new service called the ‘London Perinatal Mental Health Support Group’ which is run by Cacoon. This group will meet virtually, twice a week, Tuesday and Thursday 10.00am-11.00am, on Zoom (

If you need any more information or advice please contact the health visiting duty line on 0208 770 5409 from Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm.

School Nursing

During the COVID-19 outbreak, we will be changing the way we provide services to you and your children. All the face to face appointments and drop ins sessions have been paused until further notice. 

If  you would like to speak to a school nurse, please call the duty line on 0208 7705409 from Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm.

Children Centre Activities 

All children’s centres are now closed for drop in sessions, which have been paused until further notice.

These include;

  • Messy Play 
  • Stay and play 
  • Hello Baby
  • Talking toddlers
  • Chatterbox
  • Baby & me
  • Young Parents Group
  • Introducing solids workshop 
  • Infant feeding drop-ins
  • Child health clinics

Tweedale will remain open to staff and children’s social care only. All routine activity at this centre, have now paused.

All of our preschools are now closed, until further notice. These are:

  • Oaklings
  • Sunflowers
  • Shanklin
  • Caterpillars

Council Play Service

The Council’s play service at the Grange, will continue to run sessions for vulnerable children and children of key workers. The play service is expected to run Easter holiday clubs, however this is subject to change.

Family Information Service

Please do not hesitate to contact the Family Information Service for more information on: 0208 770 6000. The team can provide free information and advice about childcare provision for key workers, and general enquiries to support you and your family.

Inspire Substance Misuse Service

New referrals

We continue to accept new referrals but please be mindful that all assessments are telephone based. Please refer as normal via e-mail to, or self-referrals over the phone on 020 8773 9393. As well as our adult and YP services this also includes our family/carers support service.

New referrals include opiate replacement treatments for new clients. The majority of the assessment will be telephone based, but we may also require the client to attend Orion House by appointment only to complete a drug test. These appointments will be extremely quick, with social distancing adhered to all times.

Service Delivery

We are currently offering telephone and digital recovery interventions to all clients. Until further notice there are no groups or face-to-face sessions for adult clients at our sites (Orion House and Recovery Hub). Clients and visitors are not permitted to enter either site unless an appointment has been pre-booked.

We are also now in a position to offer restart assessments for clients who have ‘fallen-off’ their opiate replacement treatment. These assessments will be prioritised for our most complex and high risk clients. Please do continue to offer extra support to your clients in maintaining their engagement with their opiate replacement treatment. 

Supervised consumption

We are working tirelessly to ensure all current clients remain appropriately on opiate replacement treatment. We are offering telephone support to clients, and delivering prescriptions directly to pharmacies, as well as working closely with all our pharmacy colleagues to ensure that clients who are self-isolating are able to obtain their medications. We have been very transparent with all clients on opiate replacement treatment that they must adhere to treatment directions, as we are not able to offer prescription re-starts if they personally disengage with taking their medications, unless it was due to hospital admission. 

Additional information

Please appreciate that we have a skeleton staffing team on site at Orion House in order to comply with social distancing, and that our Recovery Hub is currently closed. 

Please leave a voicemail if the phone is not answered and we will get back in touch with you ASAP. The majority of our workers are temporarily working from home, and they will follow everything up appropriately. However, this is a very new way of working for us and we are learning how to do this most effectively. Please be assured that all telephone interventions with clients are delivered in confidential environments.  

If you have any questions or queries, or are having difficulties contacting us, please use which is consistently monitored.   

Infection prevention and control (IPC)

The Government updates guidance on infection prevention and control for COVID-19. Information about infection prevention and control is available on the GOV.UK website.