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Children's Community Paediatricians

What We Do

The Community Paediatric Service is provided within four district localities and provides neuro-disability services to children up to school leaving age in accessible venues including clinics, schools, community hospital sites and health centres.

Services include specialist multi disciplinary clinics including pre-school child development, feeding, cerebral palsy and Autism services. The team liaise closely with all mainstream schools, including attendance at school based meetings where appropriate. They are responsible for the delivery of statutory duties in keeping with the Education Act and Code of Practice including duties of designated doctor for LEA liaison. 

The core services depend on multi disciplinary and multi agency liaison including participation in appropriate meetings and multi disciplinary clinics. We deliver coordinated and family centred services to children with disability and complex needs (NSF standard 4). Services are child, young person and family centred (NSF 3) and provide information and support to parents and carers (NSF 2) whilst promoting health and well being; identifying needs and intervening early (NSF 1).

The community team is responsible for providing medical reports for children who are within the Looked After System and those being considered for adoption.

They provide medical advice to adoption and fostering agency in respect of prospective foster carers and adopters, and medical advice to the adoption panels across Durham and Darlington. 

In addition, the community service provides:

  • Neonatal neuro-developmental follow up
  • Enuresis services at a secondary care level
  • Locality based epilepsy services for children with complex disability
  • Supports the provision of the tertiary neurology outreach clinics.

For a full list of Consultant Paediatricians please CLICK HERE


'In recent times, I have utilised admissions to Richardson for respite direct from my fracture clinic, even at weekends. I have never worked anywhere with this efficiency before - it is reassuring and invaluable for the patient.'

Patient, Lowson / Starling Wards, Richardson Hospital