Our paediatric department is still operating as normal.
If your child is feeling unwell without COVID-19 symptoms, you should still contact you GP practice in order to get a referral into the hospital. Our Paediatric outpatient clinics are still continuing as normal. Our Consultants are assessing whether your child should attend a face-to-face clinic, have a telephone consultation or if your appointment will be rebooked for a later date.
If you are asked to attend a face-to-face appointment, it is important that you do come to the hospital as the consultant will have good reason for wanting to see you. You do not have to walk through the hospital building in order to reach your appointment, there are direct access routes into Milton Mouse and Luing Cowley.
We are taking all necessary precautions to ensure you are safe and are staggering appointments so there are not many people in the waiting room, if you feel uncomfortable waiting inside the building, please ring us when you have arrived on site, stay in your car and we will call you once it is time for your appointment. You may see the nurses wearing personal protective equipment, this is to protect you and other visitors. Appointments should be attended by the patient and ONE parent/carer, no siblings or other family members should be attendance. Should you have any concerns or wish to speak with anyone please contact 01908 997 003.
Children and young people may be referred to our outpatient service by their GP or other health professional to see a paediatrician regarding various conditions.
What to expect at your appointment
The length of the appointment will vary, and depends on the reason we need to see your child. You are expected to attend the appointment with your child.
Your appointment will include an initial assessment. Here you will usually discuss your concerns and how your child is managing at home, nursery or at school. We will ask for detailed information regarding factors that affect your child’s health and development, for example your child’s birth and social situation, family structure and housing. Depending on the type of clinic, this may be followed by a physical examination or tests.
Children and young people who have ongoing medical needs may be seen in one of our specialty clinics. These include:
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Respiratory issues
- Coeliac and Gastrointestinal
- Sickle Cell
After your appointment
There are a number of possible outcomes at the end of your first appointment
- you may be given some advice and strategies to help your child and no further reviews may be needed, unless there is any concern in the future
- further assessment sessions may be required to gain a clearer understanding of your child’s needs
- your child may be referred to another healthcare professional for further assessment.
Your GP and other health professionals will be informed that your child has attended our services.
As there is always demand for appointments, please let us know as soon as you can if you are unable to attend for any reason. Contact us by using the relevant telephone number on your appointment letter and we will try to arrange a more suitable time for you.