Paediatricians assess, listen to, and decide the best way to help children with a developmental impairment, physical and/or learning disability or complex health needs (e.g. Autism or Cerebral Palsy).
We also carry out specialist assessments of school-age children; where there is a concern regarding a neuro-developmental disorder, for example, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASDs).
How can we help?
We help children and young people and families by trying to find a medical cause for their difficulties and work to give a diagnosis where appropriate.
We work with other professionals such as teachers, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists to make sure we learn all the necessary information needed to support your child.
Our overriding goal is to achieve the best health outcome for the child.
Who will my child see?
In our team your child might see a consultant paediatrician, a paediatric doctor or a specialist practitioner (a specially trained nurse).
Who they see will depend on their needs and whether they are a new patient or someone we have met before. Who your child sees may also depend on where you live. We try and make sure you see the same person again if needed.
What happens next?
Your health professional should make a referral into the service if they feel it is appropriate for your child. Once a referral has been made and accepted, you and your child will be seen in a clinic room that should be relatively near to your home. The doctor will talk through your concerns and worries. They will ask you questions about you and your child’s medical history, questions about your family and about your child’s development and progress. The doctor may then ask some more specific questions relevant to a particular condition. They may also check your child’s height and weight and examine them.