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Children & Young People’s Health Services
Your child has been referred to the Community Paediatric Service. We are a community based team of children’s doctors and nurses with specific training in child health and development. Your child will usually have been referred to us by your General Practitioner, Health Visitor, School Nurse or other health professional.
We work with children and young people who:
Our aim is to help children and young people achieve their full potential by ensuring their long-term health needs are met.
Finding the right service for your child….
It is important that you get to see the right person straight away to avoid any delay in your child getting the help they need.
Here are some of the issues that we can’t help with but which others can….
Your child will usually be seen in a local clinic. We do also have regular sessions in Rotherham’s special schools.
Your child’s first appointment will usually last about an hour.
The doctor will:
Some older young people may be invited to see the doctor on their own to start off with, and then asked if they are happy for you to be part of the discussions.
If you feel that you might want to speak to us without your children present, please arrange for another adult to come with you so that your child can be supervised whilst you talk in private.
It is possible that there may be trainee doctors or nurses observing in clinic, so please let us know if you do not wish a student to be present
Please don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any needs of your own that we should know about. For example, you may want to request an interpreter or find out about wheelchair access or parking. We will be happy to do everything we can to help.
We also have AccessAble accessibility guides on our website.
If you have any questions or need to cancel or rebook an appointment, please contact the Community Paediatrics Admin Team on telephone 01709 426379 between 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.
Messages can be left on the answerphone outside of working hours.
It will help us greatly if you have your child’s NHS number to hand when you contact us.
The Community Paediatrics team are based at Rotherham Hospital.
If you require an interpreter to assist at your child’s appointment please ask an appropriate family member to contact our Community Paediatrics Admin Team.
It is important that your child’s records and contact details are up to date so that we can contact you. If you change your GP, address or telephone number, please contact us as soon as possible. Do please provide a mobile number where possible.
It is essential that you carefully read all enclosed documentation paying particular attention to the date, time and location of your appointment.
If a child is not brought for an appointment, this may risk their health and delay important diagnosis and treatment. Missed appointments cost the Trust a lot of money.
It is important that you keep your child’s appointment or let us know if you cannot attend, so that the appointment can be given to another child. Missed appointments put children at risk.
Help to reduce wasted outpatient appointments by contacting our Admin Team on 01709 426379 if you need to cancel or rebook an appointment.
In line with Trust policy, your child may be discharged back to the care of your GP if:
Telephone 01709 426379
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
Messages can be left on the answerphone outside of working hours
Produced by Dr Hamdoun, April 2022.
Revision due: April 2024. Version: 1.0
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