Community Paediatricians (Lambeth)
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Part of Guys and St Thomas’s NHS (Foundation) Trust.
'Paediatrician' is a term that describes a physician who deals with the growth, development and the health of children, from birth to 18 Years of age.
We provide the following services to children living within the borough of Lambeth, and those who attend a Lambeth school (special or mainstream). These services are provided from the Mary Sheridan Centre with a regular paediatric input to all special schools. Children can be referred to our services preferably by direct referral, or using a CAF. We accept referrals from any professionals (GP, school, health visitor etc) and parental referral for children previously known to us.
What We Do
Aged Birth to 18 Years.
We work with parents to assess and manage the health impairments of their children and health issues related to developmental and educational needs.
These may arise from developmental or neurodevelopmental causes. Some examples of the types of disorder we work with are Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Down’s Syndrome, and bowel and bladder disorders.
Where necessary we refer children and young people to The Lambeth Autism and Neurodevelopmental Service (LANDS) for further assessment of their autism related needs.
We carry out statutory medical assessments, and also assess new arrivals into the UK who are referred to us where there is a possible concern about their having a disability or medical need which is impacting on their learning and lives, or appear not to be progressing in their new school environment.
Who are our partners?
For pre-school children with concerns regarding their health and development, which are likely to impact on their early learning and day –to-day functioning, we work with health visitors, GPs and therapy colleagues, and with other health professionals from acute hospital services.
We work in a multi-agency way with schools, Social Care, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and other paediatric colleagues which enables us to work with a full understanding of the child’s circumstances. Some developmental concerns can emerge during the school years, including ASD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), also called dyspraxia.
We also work with children and young people who not only have a health risk, but who are also at risk from a variety of other causes. Sometimes we work with child protection agencies.
Our work has a strong focus on supporting children and young people to better access their education and make their best progress.
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