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Community Paediatrics - How To Get Help

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
  • GPs
  • School health nurses
  • Health visitors
  • Consultants
  • Paediatric therapists
  • Children and Young People’s Services
  • School Senco

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.
  • Complex Continence Difficulties
  • 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)
  • Chronic unexplained symptoms (e.g. pain, fatigue)
  • 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)