The Community Paediatrics team, along with other services within HCT, are supporting the local NHS response to the Covid-19 pandemic, including redeploying our staff to support key areas of critical need in Hertfordshire. In addition to this the Department of Health has issued advice about which of our services can continue and which need to pause.
For the majority of our work, we cannot see patients and families face to face but continue to offer support through telephone consultations and in some cases video consultations. Where possible we will contact you ahead of time by text message with the date and time of the appointment but sometimes the paediatrician will call without prior notice.
We will continue:
We are restarting:
Initial appointments for new referrals including those already accepted and on a waiting list to be seen. At this time, these are through telephone consultations and in some cases video consultations
The Paediatricians and extended Multidisciplinary Team are in the early stages of exploring options to safely restart autism assessments. Guidance is being provided by national and international experts in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorder, to guide us on how high quality observations of social communication skills can be undertaken using video consultations and online assessment tools. In addition, the team are understanding how to safely and effectively carry out face to face assessment maintaining social distancing requirements where virtual assessment is clinically inappropriate. While progressing the above and establishing robust protocols for all appointment types, school settings may be asked to provide up to date information about some of the children and young people on the assessment waiting list. This information will help the clinical team identify the type of appointment that may be needed to move forward with a CYP’s assessment and/or what further information is required to complete the assessment. Families who had autism assessment appointments cancelled from March 2020 onwards are a key priority for the team. We thank you for your patience as we work to restart this part of the service as soon as possible while ensuring the safety of families and staff in line with national guidance.
We have paused:
Review health assessments for children in foster care.
If you need to contact the service please email using firstname.lastname@example.org or call the referral hub on 01923 470680
If you have a query regarding your child or young person’s autism assessment, please email email@example.com
Please remember also to look on the website pages under Useful Information for further advice and support.
Professionals’ referrals to Community Paediatrics are through DXS and SystmOne as usual.
Advice and Guidance is available through the Electronic Referral System (ERS).
The Children’s Community Paediatrics Team consists of paediatricians who provide high quality specialist care in the assessment of developmental disorders and disability. The service provides statutory health assessments of looked after children and input for children with complex health care needs. Other services provided are leadership responsibility for SEND, safeguarding and looked after children.
This website is designed to give you an insight into the care that the team provides and what you should expect from this service.
Whether you’re visiting us for diagnosis and/or treatment, our team of specialists are here to support you. Please use the links on this site to find out more about what we do and how to access our services.
Who are Community Paediatricians?
Community Paediatricians are doctors who have specific expertise in assessing children with neurodevelopmental difficulties such as delayed development, ADHD, ASD, Various Syndromes etc.
Why has my child been referred to Community Paediatrician?
We do not accept referrals without informed parental consent. We expect that your child’s referrer will have discussed the reasons for referral with you before sending through documentation to us. If you are unsure why your child has been referred please contact the person who made the referral for clarification.
Why would my child need to be seen by a Community Paediatrician?
Where do Community Paediatricians work?
We work as part of a wider child development team which includes occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech therapists, and have close links with preschool educational advisers.
The child development teams are based at one of the three Children’s Centres:
Peace Children’s Centre, Watford
Marlowes Health and Wellbeing Centre, Hemel Hempstead
St Albans Child Development Centre, St Albans
We may sometimes also see your child in their nursery or school. We also work closely with heath visitors, school nurses, community children’s nurses, audiology, social care, nurseries and schools, hospital paediatricians, and children’s emotional wellbeing and mental health services.
Tel: 01923 470600 (Peace Children's Centre, Watford)
Tel: 01727 891100 (St Albans Children's Centre, St Albans)
Tel: 01442 275683 (The Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead)
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