Community Paediatric Service Colchester Hospital (ESNEFT)

Referrals are accepted from health professionals (such as doctors, therapists, health visitors, nurses and the Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Service – EWMHS), from Education (schools, nurseries and specialist teachers) and from social workers.

Children between the ages of 0-16 can be referred. Children in special schools can be referred up to the age of 18.

Referrals can be for the following difficulties

  • Clumsy or coordination problems
  • Learning difficulty or delay in development
  • Hearing or visual impairment, deaf, blind
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Conditions known to have developmental problems, such as Down’s Syndrome, Neurofibromatosis, etc
  • Babies who were in the neonatal unit (NICU) where there are developmental concerns
  • Concern about possible Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Aspergers Syndrome
  • Concern about possible Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in School aged children
  • Acquired brain injury / disabilities following trauma, infection or malignancy
  • Children who are having a Statutory Assessment for Special Educational Needs as part of applying for an EHCP (Education, Health and Care Plan)
  • Queries about immunisation or children who need immunisations to be done in hospital
  • Epilepsy in children with known neuro-developmental problems
  • Looked after children for their Initial Health Assessment or Adoption medical
  • Child Protection concerns

Where necessary, community paediatricians work closely with the acute paediatricians at Colchester Hospital and with health professionals from other providers such as ACE, Virgin Care, the Children’s Learning Disability Service and EWMHS. There are also strong links with social care and voluntary organisations such as MAZE.

The Designated Medical Officer (DMO) for children with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) can be contacted through the community paediatrics department. Part of this role is to provide a contact for the local authority, Education and Health professionals seeking health advice on children and young people with SEND. There is also a wider role to co-ordinate and improve health planning and practice for SEND across North East Essex and ensure that health services meet their responsibilities for children with SEND.


Who the service provides for

0-16 year olds (0-18 yrs in the case of special needs/SEND)


Hours of operation

Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm


How the service is accessed

Health professionals (such as doctors, therapists, health visitors, nurses and the Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Service - EWMHS), from Education (schools, nurseries and specialist teachers) and from social workers.


Phone number

01206 745977

Operational locations

  • Colchester

Address

Community Paediatrics,East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
Villa 1, Colchester Hospital
Turner Road
Colchester
CO4 5JL

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