Community Paediatrics - North Staffordshire

University Hospital of North Midlands

The community paediatric team is based in the Child Development Centre, Hilton Road and is part of an integrated child health ​service based within the Trust. The Child Development Centre provides a comprehensive centralised service in which professionals can work with, and support parents in achieving an early diagnosis and appropriate intervention for young children with developmental problems.

What we do

​The community service manages children with the most chronic complex needs and the most vulnerable groups of children. The team works within multidisciplinary and multi-agency teams and have strong links with local health visitors, school nurses, education, social service and therapy teams.

Who can use our service?

We see children who have a GP within North Staffordshire.  This includes Newcastle, Staffordshire Moorlands and Stoke-on-Trent districts.

Are there any costs?

There are no costs to the patient.

How do I refer?

Referrals are accepted from a range of professionals including GP’s, health visitors, school nurses, therapists and early years intervention staff/educational psychology.

What happens when I come to the service?

  • Developmental paediatrics - we are responsible for the assessment, investigation and on going management of these children in the most appropriate setting i.e. hospital, at home or at school.

  • Epilepsy - we provide a service for children with complex epilepsies.

  • Gastroenterology - We hold bi-monthly clinics to assess and treat children with developmental disorders and feeding/nutritional problems including assessment for PEG (tube) feeding.

  • Audiology - We receive referrals from GPs, health visitors and speech and language therapists to assess children hearing, referring them on to be seen by the ENT clinic if required.

  • Educational medicine - We hold clinics in certain special schools in the area to offer ongoing medical care of children who have significant health and educational needs.

  • Looked after' children - We provide an initial health assessment in line with statutory requirements when a child becomes 'looked after' as well as providing a detailed report on the family and personal health and developmental history of children being considered for adoption.

  • Child protection - We provide 24 hour cover for all child protection referrals including physical and sexual abuse cases within the area.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Child Development Centre
01782 679800 01782 679800

Where to go

The Child Development Centre
Royal Stoke University Hospital
Hilton Road
Stoke –on -Trent


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