Community Paediatrics

‘We aspire to effectively support families and children through their journey’

Community Paediatrics is the specialist team, made up of Paediatricians, Nurses, Administrative support, and Therapists.

We work with therapists, nurses, Children’s Services, ISEND (Local Authority education for children with special educational needs), Public Health and the voluntary sector in prevention, assessment, diagnosis, treatment and support.

We work alongside general paediatricians and other specialists in the community, such and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).

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We provide

  • Carry out a range of statutory (legally required) assessments of children in relation to developmental and health advice for special educational needs, and health assessments of children in care; including safeguarding and welfare
  • Provide Developmental assessment and on-going advice for children with a range of disabilities, including physical disability and autism spectrum disorders
  • Provide out of hospital care within a multidisciplinary team for children and young people with long term difficulties/disabilities

How do I get an appointment?

I am worried about my child’s development, what can I do?

It is advised that you first talk through your concerns with your child’s Health visitor, School nurse, GP or Special Educational Needs Coordinator SENCO (usually this is a teacher at the school).

The practitioner can make a referral to the Community Paediatric service based at Eastbourne District General Hospital.

Who we are

Our team is made up of paediatricians, therapists and nurses.

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Paediatricians’ are specialist children’s doctors who have a particular expertise in the management of children with long term health problems which may have an impact on other areas of their life.

We undertake the assessment and treatment of children with developmental problems such as delayed milestones, learning disabilities, Autism and Cerebral Palsy.

The Nursing Team incorporate nurses with additional specialist knowledge and extensive skills in assessing child development, and supporting families through challenging life experiences.

The nurses undertake initial home assessments with families, some complete ADI assessment and reports, assess and provide interventions for children in sleep clinics, and on occasion support the others with post diagnosis clinics.

Others see and support families for follow up in the post diagnosis clinics. They run a programme of behaviour groups for parents/carers at a number of venues across the county.

Therapists undertake assessments and interventions.

The Children in Care (CIC) nursing team includes doctors who complete an Initial Health Assessment (IHA) – when a child enters care, Specialist and CIC nurses complete the regular Review Health Assessment (RHA) and compile a summary report and health recommendations that is shared with the GP and in part with the child or young person and their carer and social worker.

Secure Childrens Home – a specialist nurse and allocated GP provide admission health assessments and ongoing health provision for children and young people detained at the home.

More information about the Children in Care (CIC) nursing team

Are a team of nurses, including practitioners qualified in nursing and/or other specialist child health and development.

Once your child has been referred and accepted for our service, we offer contact in a variety of ways, to assess need, offer support and signpost to other services, both during and after your child’s referral process.

As part of our Child Development Service, we offer a Specialist Sleep service for children with identified additional needs. This follows a pathway that accepts referrals usually from either your Health Visitor or School Health Professional to assess on an individual basis when all usual strategies have been supported to manage and address the difficulty.

Our approach includes further assessment and advice and may well include recommendations for other strategies and approaches or investigations, following completion of our comprehensive questionnaire and sleep diary.

If children meet our referral criteria and are accepted into our service, then we may also consider the use of short term melatonin therapy to assist and support the sleep hygiene approach.

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Guidelines for requesting the supply of a wheelchair or child buggy

The provision for wheelchairs and child buggys for those with a permanent illness or disability is funded by the local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and provided through Millbrook Healthcare. The Red Cross provide equipment in the case of non-permanent conditions.

Referrals must be completed by GP’s, Health or Social Care professionals only. The referral should be completed by the doctor or health professional requesting the equipment.

It has been agreed that Health Visitors will make the referral if they identify a need for a child on their caseload in consultation with the paediatrician.

Once completed the referral form should be sent/emailed to Millbrook Health Care. Millbrook would aim to contact the family within two weeks of receipt of the referral. Millbrook provide a repair service for the equipment they supply, and this can be at the home if necessary.

Following the initial referral from a professional any replacement equipment can be requested directly from Millbrook by the parent, care or patient.

Information about travel and parking at Conquest Hospital and Eastbourne DGH

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