Community Paediatricians provide specialist care for children and young people.
We also carry out a range of duties in relation to child protection, medical advice for special educational needs, and health assessments of children in care.
The role of the paediatrician involves prevention, identification, assessment, diagnosis, treatment and support. Community paediatricians are also closely networked with many other health professionals.
Our hours of service are 9am -5pm, Monday to Friday.
Children and young people aged 0-16 years of age.
Certain groups of young people who may be referred to our service up to 18 years of age:
- Children with Special Educational Needs
- Looked After Children
- Children referred for an assessment of alleged Non Accidental Injury
- Children referred for assessment of Neurodevelopmental Disorders
- Head injury/rehabilitation
Young people with a learning disability may be referred to our service up to 19 years of age.
Patients who are registered with a Coventry GP – Exceptions to this may include:
- Looked After Children
- Referrals for the epilepsy /neurology service
- Referrals for a Second opinion
- Acutely unwell patients
- General paediatric problems without any concerns regarding developmental progress or other vulnerabilities
- Specialist cardiology, oncology or respiratory needs
- TB should be referred to the appropriate Public health services.
- Hearing and vision assessments
- Enuresis should be referred to the School Nurse-led Continence service in accordance with the service referral criteria for Tier 1 advice initially (Specialist Paediatric assessment and support to the continence service is for specific groups of children and young people with continence difficulties)
- Dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties without any other concerns of underlying difficulties should be assessed within their educational environment by Educational Psychology.
- Speech and Language difficulties, where other development is normal
- Minor gait or postural abnormalities, where other development is normal
Community Paediatric: Paybody Building, City of Coventry Health Centre, Stoney Stanton RoadCV1 4FS
Tel: 024 7696 1092
Emergency referrals for Child Protection: (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm) contact Admin Support. Tel: 024 76 96 1417
(Out of hours 5pm-9am, Weekends, Bank Holidays) Contact: UHCW Switchboard for on-call Paediatric service: 024 7696 4000
For Regional Sexual Assault Service (PSAS) contact the Glade PSAS (for historic referrals) 01886 833 555 (option 2)
For acute referrals/ Specialist advice is via G4S 0800 953 4133 (of note medicals are arranged in liaison with social care and the police)
What information is needed for a referral?
- Child and family details
- The nature of the problem with examples of difficulties
- How long the problem has been apparent
- What has been done so far to address the problem. For school age children please attach any relevant IEPs (Individual Education Plans) or school reports.
- How the problem is impacting on the child or young person in his/her environment
- Outcomes of previous developmental assessments including those completed by the health visitor.
- Child In Need plan or information detailing previous input from services from the local authority
- The Community Paediatric Service may request additional information from the child’s school, if the school hasn’t already completed it as part of the referral
- For specific areas of difficulty, you may be asked to complete a checklist before the child is seen for assessment
- Confirmation that the referral has been discussed with the child or young person’s carer.
What happens after a referral has been made?
All referrals will be acknowledged by the Community Paediatric admin team to the referrer/parents/carers/GP.
Referrals will be reviewed by the Community Paediatric Service who will contact the referrer if further information is required or if the referral does not fulfil the referral criteria.
Sometimes a referral may be forwarded to another service where appropriate. The referrer and parents/carers /GP will be notified if this happens.
Parents/carers/young people will receive a letter giving them information on their appointment.
Accessing a GP or Dentist – www.nhs.uk
ADHD – www.adhdfoundation.org.uk
Child protection – www.childprotectionpartnership.org.uk/
Dimensions Tool – https://dimensions.covwarkpt.nhs.uk/
Enuresis – www.eric.org.uk
Immunisations – www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations
How to book blood tests online leaflet – www.uhcw.nhs.uk/caring-for-you/your-outpatient-appointment/blood-tests
Medication – www.medicinesforchildren.org.uk
Parenting – www.triplep.net
Relationships and Sexual health – www.besavvy.org.uk
Sleep – www.cerebra.org.uk
Sleep diary – www.nhs.uk/Livewell/insomnia/Documents/sleepdiary.pdf
Smoking Cessation – https://www.nhs.uk/smokefree
What we do
We are a countywide team of doctors specialising in the care of children in the community.
We see children and families with a range of long term conditions for assessment, investigation, management and support. In particular, we provide medical care to children and young people with complex health conditions, developmental problems, disabilities, life limiting conditions and social vulnerability.
We carry out statutory assessments for children to support Education and Health Care Plans, for those looked after by the Local Authority, and for those with suspected abuse or neglect. We also provide advice and support to families requiring palliative care and following the death of a child.
We accept referrals from GPs, health visitors, school nurses, allied health professionals and other hospital and community doctors. We will see children and young people up to their sixteenth birthday and we will continue to see young people with complex needs up to their nineteenth birthday.
Children must be registered with a Warwickshire GP or in a Special School.
Location/how to find us
The paediatricians in South Warwickshire are based at Warwick Hospital and Crown Way Clinic in Leamington.
Clinics are held at Warwick Hospital, Round Oak School, Welcombe Hills School, Ridgeway School, Crown Way Clinic and Stratford Health Centre.
The paediatricians in North Warwickshire are based at Riversley Park Children’s Centre in Nuneaton.
Clinics are held in Bedworth Health Centre, Riversley Park Centre, Atherstone, Exhall Grange School, Oakwood School and Woodlands School.
The paediatricians in Rugby are based at the Orchard Centre.
Clinics are held in the Orchard Centre and Brooke School.
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Tel: +44 (0)1926 495321
Crown Way Clinic
Tel: +44 (0)1926 425449
|Community Child Health
Lower Hillmorton Road
Tel: +44 (0)1788 551212
|Community Child Health
Riversley Park Centre
Tel: +44 (0)2476 378611
Warwickshire safeguarding children board
National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
Schools, colleges and children’s services: Looked-after children
Together for short lives