Community Children's Doctors

This section aims to provide General Practitioners (GPs) and members of Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) with some more detailed information about our services. The information below is updated regularly, but, if you need to find out more detailed information about a specific service or have a very specific question about the service or referral pathway, then please contact the service manager or the key clinician detailed opposite.

Referral Process

How does a GP refer in to the service?

To refer a patient in to the service GPs should write a letter to one of the Consultants, marking the letter “referral”. Addresses for both Shropshire and Telford offices can be found on this page.

Telford and Wrekin Paediatric Consultants
• Dr Mahadeva Ganesh
• Dr Shachi Buch

Shropshire County Paediatric Consultants
• Dr Diane Short
• Dr Helen Unsworth
• Dr Shashwat Saran

You can also view the page that provides information for patients or carers by clicking the link below.

Community Children's Doctors

Types of patients regularly seen

Our service is for children and young people aged 0-18 years old but this extends to under 19 years for children in special schools.

We provide medical assessment and care for children with disabilities and complex or chronic health needs, including:

  • childhood neuro-disability
  • developmental difficulties such as delay and dyspraxia
  • cerebral palsy
  • chromosome or syndrome disorders (e.g Down's syndrome)
  • epilepsy
  • feeding problems associated with developmental disorders
  • autistic spectrum disorder in the under 5s
  • specialist audiology services (hyperacusis and to investigate children with hearing loss)

Patients not seen by this service

We sometimes receive inappropriate referrals for the following conditions:

  • behavioural issues - these should initially be referred to the cluster teams for a CAF & TAC. In children under 5 years in whom a medical or developmental cause for the behaviour is suspected we may offer an assessment but management of the problems is delivered through universal and primary care services.
  • dyslexia - this is assessed by educational professionals
  • obesity – Community Paediatrics are not commissioned to provide this service but patients can get helpful advice on our Trust’s Keeping Healthy pages
  • constipation - our Trust runs a children's constipation service