We provide medical care for children with disabilities and special needs e.g. developmental difficulties, autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and genetic disorders.
We provide support for the assessment of children with special educational needs.
We often see children with emotional and behavioural difficulties (EBD), assessing if there is an underlying neurodevelopmental problem. We work closely with other agencies such as Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), schools, Bromley well-being service and Bromley Children’s Project to manage these.
We work with other agencies to support vulnerable children e.g. those at risk of abuse or neglect, support for children in care or going through adoption.
We offer medical assessment and ongoing support for children with chronic constipation, soiling, and complex enuresis (Day and Night time wetting)
We are involved in training junior doctors to become specialist paediatricians. The junior doctors are part of our team and assess and treat children. All junior doctors are supervised by a the consultant paediatrician.
Community Paediatricians also fulfil a number of statutory functions (services that we have a legal duty to offer) including:
Designated and Named Doctors for Child Protection
Designated Paediatrician for Child Deaths
Medical Adviser for Adoption and Fostering
Designated Doctor for Looked After Children
The current average waiting time for the Community Paediatrics service is 16.0 weeks.
Using this service
If you think your child would benefit from our service then you should speak to your doctor (GP), school nurse, health visitor, social worker or your child’s teacher. After a discussion, they can refer you to the service if they think that we can help you and your child.
You will receive a letter inviting you to see one of our paediatricians and you should come at the time requested. Our paediatricians are very friendly and used to seeing children and their parents or carers every day. We will talk to you about your particular concerns or conditions to find out more. We will assess your child which will include examination of the child as clinically indicated. We may also ask you to provide us with additional information to help us to understand more about you and offer helpful advice. We may also refer you to other services that can help you, such as speech and language therapy, CAMHS and other local authority educational services.
More about some of the things that the Community Paediatrician might help you with
The Community Paediatrician offers support and medical care on a wide range of conditions. Some of these are described via the links below:
Information on sleep and how to build a picture of your sleep pattern, for existing patients of the service. This helps us give advice on sleep difficulties.
This leaflets offers advice and ways to manage your child’s behaviour.
The above link provides information on our local ADHD service and how to be referred.
Consultant Paediatrician and Clinical Lead for Community Paediatrics: Dr Nitin Maheshwari