The Community Paediatric Team
The Community Paediatric team specialise in child development and disability. We provide a diagnostic service for children presenting with features that indicate possible:
- global developmental delay
- physical disability
- autism spectrum disorder
- Complex tic disorders
We do not provide the following:
- on-going behavioural support for Autism or ADHD
- second opinions
- investigate, diagnose or manage attachment difficulties
- investigate, diagnose or manage sleep problems as a lone presenting issue
- investigate mild learning difficulties or specific learning difficulties such as Dyslexia
- see children with isolated speech and language delay
- assess children under the age of 6 years with behavioural needs.
- provide behavioural support for children presenting with challenging behaviour
What happens when my child is referred for an assessment?
The referral will be triaged by nursing staff to assess whether enough information has been provided. Because all of the conditions we assess for will impact children in some way in different environments it is important that information is provided from at least 2 settings.
Once the referral has been accepted you will be sent a letter confirming that your child has been put on the waitlist to be seen. An information leaflet about the process and local supports available to you whilst on the waitlist will be included.
Who will see my child?
In our team your child might see a neurodevelopmental paediatrician, a specialist paediatric doctor or other developmental specialist.
Who they see will depend on their needs and whether they are a new patient or have been seen by us before. We will do our best to make sure you see the same person again if needed.
What happens when my child is seen?
You will be sent a questionnaire with your appointment letter to bring on the day of your first visit to the doctor. The doctor will listen to your concerns. They will ask you questions about your child’s development, medical history and questions about your family history. The doctor will observe and interact with your child and complete a physical examination in most cases. A report will be provided to you and your GP about the outcome of the assessment.
In many cases it is necessary to gather more information from you, your child’s teacher and the young person themselves (if they are old enough). In some cases a referral to another professional for different testing will be needed to complete your child’s assessment.
Once all of the necessary information has been gathered you will meet the doctor to review the outcome. Most children we see will not need to have regular follow up with our service and will be discharged back the their GP.
Your GP is your family doctor and is there to see your child if you have concerns about their health or development:
Children and Young People Clinics (Moredon & Swindon Health Centre)
The clinic cares for youngsters, toddlers and infants suffering from common colds, aches or pains but not life-threatening conditions, that are unable to get an appointment with their own GP.
The clinic runs from Monday to Sunday between 8am and 8pm (8am to 4pm at the weekends).
The contact number is 0800 111 0088
Health visitors are qualified nurses or midwives with specialist public health training. They are available to support you in pregnancy, once your baby is born and until your child becomes five years old.
Your local pharmacist or chemist has knowledge of everyday health issues. There are often pharmacies in supermarkets and many are open late.
NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day every day. If you are worried about your child’s health and are unable to contact your GP you can call 111 and get advice from trained staff.
Accident & Emergency
Accident & Emergency Departments (A&E) and 999 should only be used in a critical or life-threatening situation:
Disabled Changing Facilities and Toilets
The Changing Places campaign was launched on behalf of those people who cannot use standard accessible toilets. Changing Places toilets have plenty of space and the right equipment, including a height adjustable, adult-sized changing bench and hoist.
Facilities available at the following locations:
Wharf Green, Town Centre
Link Centre, Whitehill Way, Swindon, SN5 7DL
Dorcan Rec St Paul’s Drive, Covingham, SN3 5DA
The Oasis North Star Avenue, Swindon, SN2 1EP
Saltway Centre Pearl Road,
Middleleaze, Swindon, SN5 5TD
Highworth Rec The Elms, Highworth, Swindon, SN6 7DD