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Community Paediatrics, Virgin Care

The paediatricians provide specialised assessments, diagnosis and support appropriate medical care to children, young people and their families. Paediatricians work in a multidisciplinary way with families, professionals and relevant agencies

Who to contact

Contact Name
Karen Cridland
01483 783220

Where to go

Community Paediatrics, Virgin Care
The Jarvis Centre

Other Details


Age Ranges
0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Local Offer

Local Offer
What does your service do?
Developmental paediatricians provide medical care and support to children and young people and their families with a variety of health, developmental, social and educational needs. Our aim is to reduce the impact of these conditions and promote best possible long term outcomes for children and young people. We are a consultant led medical service for children and young people with conditions that require skills in the assessment of child development i.e. physical, sensory, intellectual, social and emotional development. We see children who present with a range of problems and disabilities. We assess and medically examine children in order to diagnose conditions and develop a treatment and care plan together with families and outside agencies. Virgin Care will lead on assessment of children with social communication difficulties or ADHD registered if the child is under 11 years of age, working with our colleagues in CAMHS who will lead on the assessment of older children and young people. We work with a range of therapists and other disciplines to coordinate assessments and develop integrated care packages to help meet children's health and special educational needs. We provide medical advice in relation to education for the local authority when the child is known to our service.
Who does your service provide for?
The Service provides to children and young people age 0-16, and those up to age 19 in specialist full time education: • Assessment of C/YP with developmental delay. This may be carried out in multidisciplinary teams where appropriate. • Lead on assessment for children aged age of 10 years, 364 days or under with social communication difficulties or ADHD. This includes the diagnosis of ASD or ADHD, using standardised assessment tools, facilitating relevant support, and targeted specific follow up. It will include consideration of co-morbid conditions, to facilitate diagnosis and support. This is provided in conjunction with partner agencies in an appropriate way (see detailed provision for localities in point 4). Elements of this work will be undertaken by the specialist nurse role • Safeguarding medical assessments of C/YP where there are concerns about child abuse. • Medical advice in relation to education for the local authority when the child is known to the service - to include complying with statutory requirements to share information, holistic assessment of C/YP, liaising with Designated Clinical Role in Hampshire.
How can I start using the service?
OurReferrals will be accepted from the following services: Health Visitor, GP, therapist, the Early Years service, paediatricians based in the local acute or tertiary hospitals, paediatric audiology, CAMHS, schools or other agencies. Referrals will be accepted in writing. Urgent referrals will be discussed on the telephone and followed up in writing. Referral criteria: The developmental paediatric Service will accept referrals where the following is suspected and developmental paediatric medical input is required: a) Developmental delay or disorder b) Neurological disability c) Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) for children under the age of 6, as part of the diagnostic pathway d) Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) – for assessment, diagnosis, and medical management in collaboration with colleagues e) Cerebral palsy f) Severe learning difficulties (SLD) and /or complex needs g) Statutory medical assessment for special education needs (SEN) h) Safeguarding medical examinations, including those where concerns about child sexual abuse have been raised
Where is it located and what areas does it cover?
We have four main bases currently with a range of other outpatient facilities. Our main bases are in Woking, Guildford, Redhill and currently Frimley Park Hospital but we also have outpatient clinics in Farnham, Haslemere, Cranleigh, Dorking, Caterham Dene, Molesy and Chertsey. Parking facilities are variable and in some locations payment is required. We also visit some special schools and early year settings when appropriate, and attend multidisciplinary meetings in a range of other settings as required. For children living in Hampshire we are currently providing the service from Frimley Park Hospital
How are decisions made about who can use your service?
All new referrals will be seen and their medical condition assessed, if they meet the referral criteria. There are no barriers to entry to the service on the grounds of disability, gender or culture.
How do you communicate with service users and how are they involved in decision making?
Referrals will be accepted in writing. Urgent referrals will be discussed on the telephone and followed up in writing. Decisions about referrals will be communicated in writing to service users but telephone discussions can be undertaken. If the child's needs meets the referral criteria service users are invited to an appointment to discuss their concerns
Is your service fully accessible?
What training are the staff supporting children and young people with SEN and Disabilities had or are having?
Community Paediatricians have extensive professional training in working with children and their families and working with children presenting with a wide variety of medical and SEN and disability needs
How will I know my child is safe?
Community Paediatricians are DBS checked every 3 years, will undergo regular safeguarding training. The paediatricians are involved with annual reviews with their paediatrician colleagues to ensure safe clinical practice
Who can I contact for further information?
Karen Cridland Associate Head of Children's Services Virgin Care Services Ltd []
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