Community Paediatrics - What Next?
The referral will be read by the Community Paediatric Consultant who covers the geographical patch where you live to make sure it is suitable for our service. If it is not suitable, we will inform the referrer, and where possible, we will advise the referrer of where to get help.
We may request further information before booking an appointment from the referrer, parents, or from the child’s educational setting. This will be done with parental consent.
When you come to the appointment, please bring your child’s ‘Red Book’, and any relevant reports you wish to share with us.
When a child is referred to see a paediatrician, a letter is sent to the parent/carer to ask them to phone if they still want to see a doctor. An appointment will be made to see one of the Paediatricians, or sometimes a junior doctor who is training to be a consultant. This doctor is fully supervised and works alongside the consultant.
Children are usually seen in a Children’s Centre or clinic in the area where they live. On occasion, you may be asked to travel to another clinic within South Gloucestershire. Some children are seen within their special schools.
All patients will normally have their height, weight and blood pressure measured before seeing the doctor. Whilst most younger children are seen with their parents/carers, older children are sometimes offered the opportunity to see the doctor alone for part of their appointment.
Parents/carers are sometimes seen without the child in the room for part of the appointment also.
Medical students may be in attendance. If this is the case, you will be informed of this, and we will seek your consent.