Coronvirus update - April 2020:
The Community Paediatric service is currently providing an emergency service and some modification of other services as below to maintain social distancing as per MFT guidance to protect our children, parents and staff in COVID 19 pandemic. The service is includes:
- Child protection medical assessment
face to face using PPE as per guidance of Public Heath England with some suggested modification of the usual practice which is now waiting for ratification
- Community Paediatric clinics
are running with telephone consultation mainly but video-conferencing will also be considered when necessary
- Initial Health assessment for Looked After Children
This statutory duty needs to be completed within 28 days. We are doing video-conferencing or telephone consultation for this assessment. This assessment is done as a priority
- Medical Advisory report for Local Education Authority
This is also a statutory duty which is completed from notes or telephone consultation where possible.
- Trafford Combined ADHD service
Is not taking any new referrals or doing any investigation which need face to face contact at present to maintain social distancing. Telephone support is ongoing. The Consultant Paediatric team have created an ADHD Covid-19 advice leaflet
- Support to Children’s Community Nursing Team
This support is ongoing as they are looking after children with complex medical needs, children of special schools and providing palliative service.
- Prescription service
Prescription for ADHD medicine and sleep medicines are provided to parents where already prescribed by the consultant. The parents request by phone and shared care protocols are sent to GPS where applicable
- Telephone queries
parents are encouraged to telephone or email when needed and all the queries are replied to support the children, young persons and their carer. Appropriate referrals are made and signposted where applicable.
About our Service
Community paediatricians are specialist children’s doctors with training and expertise in developmental paediatrics and disability, palliative care, social paediatrics (including child protection and children in care), educational paediatrics and public health for children. Children managed by community paediatricians often have long term conditions which require prolonged follow up in community settings.