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Coronavirus - Changes to our services

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, some of our non-urgent services have been temporarily suspended and others are operating with reduced hours. Find out about service changes here.

Community Children's Doctors

This part of the website is being designed specifically for GPs, Clinical Commissioning groups, care homes and other care professionals who need the service referral information or access to Trust policies and care leaflets.

How does a GP refer in to the service?

To refer a patient in to the service GPs should use the TRAQS service indicating clearly that it is a referral to a "Consultant Community Paediatrician".

Types of patients regularly seen

Our service is for children and young people aged 0-16 years old but this extends to under 19 years for children with complex neurodisability educated full time in specialist provision.

We provide medical assessment, diagnosis and management of children with neurodisabilities and complex or chronic health needs, including:

  • cerebral palsy and other complex neurodisabling conditions
  • chromosome or syndrome disorders (e.g Down's Syndrome) requiring Community Paediatric surveillance
  • developmental difficulties in preschool children
  • autistic spectrum disorder in preschool children
  • coordination difficulties 'dyspraxia' (medical assessment only)
  • severe learning difficulties in school age children (medical assessment only)
  • 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:

  • General medical conditions - for example asthma, eczema, headaches, epilepsy
  • Autism assessments in the over 5s.
  • ADHD assessments - we do not offer this service.
  • Behavioural issues - this should initially be referred to the Local Authority Early Help Services. Family Connect for Telford (Tel 01952 385385) or Compass for Shropshire (Tel 0345 678 9021)
    In children under 5 years in whom the behaviour is felt to be part of a neurodevelopmental condition we may offer an initial medical assessment but not on-going behaviour management.
  • Emotional/Mental Health concerns - we are a service for physical health and neurodisabilities. Mental Health and Wellbeing is commissioned separately.
  • Tics and Tourette's syndrome
  • 'dyslexia' and specific learning difficulties - this is assessed by educational professionals
  • Obesity and growth problems – 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 Nurse-led children's constipation service
  • Sleep - we do not have specialised expertise to assess and manage sleep disorders
  • Feeding problems

Service contacts information

For Shropshire County patients:
Coral House
11 Longbow Close
Harlescott Lane
Tel: 01743 450800
For Telford and Wrekin patients:
Stepping Stones Centre
Brunel Road
Tel: 01952 567300

Contact the Service Manager

  • Clinical Services Manager
    Narinder Kular
    Tel: 01952 567300

Contact key clinician(s)

  • Clinical Lead for the Service
    Dr Ganesh
    Tel: 01952 567300
Next review due: 1 September 2020