Community Paediatrics - Bristol and South Gloucestershire
COVID-19: Changes to our service
We are currently running a reduced service. Daily changes means that our doctors and nurses maybe re-deployed into frontline community services to support the NHS.
Changes to appointments
- Please arrive on time for your appoiment. There is currently very limited waiting room space, which is only suitable for one family at a time. If possible, this space should only be used if the weather be bad and/or if families cannot wait in their car or outside the building until called in for their appointment.
- On arrival at the building, parent/carer/patient to notify reception of their arrival by phone, where they will be asked again if they are showing any symptoms of Covid19.
- Families are to wait in their car or outside, whereby possible, until called in for their appointment.
- On arrival into the building families will be asked to wash their hands or use alcohol gel (all ages, unless babies).
- Anyone attending over the age of 11, will be asked to wear a face covering. Masks are discretionary between ages 3 and 11 years.
- There will be limited toilet facilities.
- Due to infection control, our clinic rooms will no longer have toys in for children to play with. Please feel free to bring your own along to the appointment.
Changes to referrals
With regret, we cannot accept self-referrals (from children and young people or parents/carers) at the present time. Parents should approach a professional from the list below to request a referral:
- Health Service Staff
- School health nurses
- Health visitors
- Paediatric therapists
- Children and Young People’s Services
- School SENCo
Specialist Community Paediatric Services
Specialist Community Paediatric services are available to children and young people where there are (significant) concerns about a child’s health, development or educational progress. The following general categories describe the needs for which children and young people can be referred for specialist assessment and treatment:
- Significant concerns about general developmental progress or possible developmental disability - This may include associated severe vision or hearing impairment.
- Impaired feeding - Only in children with developmental disability.
- Impaired sleep - Only in children with developmental disability.
- Epilepsy/possible seizures - Only in children already open to community paediatrics for developmental disability.
- Impaired motor function - e.g possible cerebral palsey, working with paediatric physiotherapists and occupational therapists.
- Complex Communication Difficulties, including where autism spectrum disorder is suspected- Not isolated speech delay, working with speech and language therapists.
- Concentration and attention difficulties - when affecting educational progress
- Learning difficulties restricting access to learning activities or participation in school - If educational psychology assessment of learning suggests medical assessment would be helpful ( not specific learning difficulties e.g dyslexia)
- Prolonged absence from school on health grounds (>6 weeks)
- Children experiencing or at risk of abuse or neglect (note child protection concerns should already have been reported to the statutory agencies, i.e CYPS prior to referral)
Coronavirus: Service changes
We have made the difficult decision to suspend the majority of our face-to-face work for the time being.
Contact with families will instead take place over the telephone, wherever possible.