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Community Paediatrics

We provide a comprehensive range of community paediatric medical services for Oxfordshire. There are six consultant-led teams providing locality-based services. The consultants also lead a number of district-wide specialist services.

The current portfolio of services provided by Community Paediatrics includes the following.

For children with disability

  • Outpatient clinics
    Assessment of children with developmental concerns.
  • Child development teams
    Local groups for multidisciplinary discussion of pre-school children, in some areas.
  • Multidisciplinary assessments
    Multidisciplinary assessment of children with complex developmental problems and disabilities.
  • Children in special schools
    Regular medical clinics in Oxfordshire Special Schools.

For children with Down's Syndrome

  • Medical consultations providing health surveillance for pre-school children with Down's Syndrome.

For children with Special Educational Needs (SEN)

  • Statutory assessments
    Consultation with children and parents to prepare medical reports used to assess Special Educational Needs.
  • Annual reviews of statements of Special Educational Needs (SEN)
  • Transitional planning
    Reports prepared to assist transitional planning for children with disabilities.

For children in need / children in special circumstances

  • Child protection
    Medical consultations for children and liaison with other bodies over child abuse concerns.
  • 'Looked after' children
    Medical consultations and advice given for children who are being placed for adoption and long-term fostering, medical advice on potential prospective adopters and attendance at Permanency Panel Meetings.
  • Medical advice and input into Looked After Children Service within the Community.

For children with hearing problems

  • Local paediatric audiology clinics
  • Universal neonatal hearing screening

General information

Many of these services are provided in partnership with parents/carers, healthcare professionals and voluntary organisations.

Referrals come from GPs and other health and education professionals as well as hospital-based paediatricians, especially paediatric neurologists and neonatologists.

The services are provided from a number of bases including:

  • Children's Hospital, Oxford
  • Horton General Hospital
  • East Oxford Health Centre
  • Orchard Health Centre
  • Deer Park Medical Centre
  • Special Schools in Oxfordshire.

Contact us

Contact with this service should be made via your GP.