Luton and Bedfordshire Community Paediatrics

The Bedfordshire and Luton Community Paediatric Service is provided by teams led by Consultant Community Paediatricians who work in partnership with Community Children’s Nurses, Therapists and other agencies.

The Service has sites in Redgrave Gardens, Children's & Young People’s Centre (aka Edwin Lobo Centre), the Child Development Centre, Kempston and Union Street, Bedford.

The service provides assessment, advice, signposting, diagnosis and medical support for children.

The team includes Clinical Nurse Specialists, an Early Intervention Team, CAMHS linkworkers and Support Workers.  We provide a variety of workshops for parents/carers that are held on line. 

The service works to an initial appointment response time (RRT) of 18 weeks for accepted referrals.

The service is also involved in medical education and community paediatric trainees are part of the team on both sites.  These trainees may be observing the clinics or holding their own registrar clinics alongside the consultants.  We may also have medical and nursing students observing in clinics. 


We provide paediatric medical assessments for children and young people with the following conditions:       

  • Complex developmental difficulties (affecting more than one area of development) or known developmental disorder (including genetic disorders with associated developmental problems)
  • Neuro-disability such as cerebral palsy or other motor disorders
  • Social communication difficulties and suspected autism spectrum disorder (children up to 13 years only)
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Significant Learning Difficulties identified by educational services, requiring medical investigation
  • Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (following assessment by a physiotherapist and/or Occupational Therapist)
  • Education, Health and Care Plan medicals
  • Children with special needs at Special Schools
  • Safeguarding concerns, alleged neglect, physical, emotional
  • Adoption, Children in Care (CIC) medicals
  • Enuresis - Central Bedfordshire and Bedfordshire Borough
    - Nocturnal Enuresis (over 5 years and not improving with advice from 0-19 team)
    - Diurnal Enuresis (over age of 5 years)
    - Constipation and soiling

  • Enuresis - Luton, South Bedfordshire
    - Nocturnal Enuresis (over 7 years and not improving with advice from 0-19 team)
    - Encopresis and soiling

  • Continence for children with special educational needs (SEND) - aged 4-18 years.
  • Difficulties with sleep problems (associated with neurodevelopmental difficulties/disorder)
  • Referrals to other professionals/agencies made where appropriate

We also provide the following services: 

  • Medical advice in relation to children with Special Educational Needs (SEND) (for Education Health and Care plans)
  • Children in Care CIC (formally Looked After Children) Initial Health Assessments - for further information click on the links below:
  • Medical assessment and advice for children undergoing adoption

  • Child protection medical assessment (referrals from Children’s Social Care only using the designated electronic referral form)

We do not accept referrals for:

  • Selective mutism
  • Mental health problems, including anxiety disorders, depression, mood disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders, suicidal tendency or self-harming
  • Eating disorders
  • Dyslexia
  • Tic disorders (unless associated with neurodevelopmental difficulties requiring assessment)
  • Growth problems (unless associated with neurodevelopmental difficulties/disorders)

In addition, we provide specific role related functions, ie:

  • Named Doctor for safeguarding children
  • Lead Doctor for CIC
  • Lead Paediatrician to CDOP (Child Death Overview Panel)
  • Lead Paediatricians for SEN, Autism, Neurodisability, Encopresis

To find out more about our assessment process for children with Neurodevelopmental disorders (NDD) - click here for our Diagnosis Resource Pack.

Where our services are based

Union Street Clinic (Bedford)
Union Street
Bedford MK40 2SF
ccs.paediatricadminteam-unionstreet@nhs.net

Child Development Centre (Kempston)
Hill Rise
Bedford MK42 7EB
ccs.beds.childrens.cdc.admin@nhs.net

Edwin Lobo Centre (Luton)
Redgrave Gardens
Luton LU3 3QN
edwinlobocomms.s1@nhs.net


Where can I get further information from?
If you would like further information about the service, contact us via the emails above or call us on: 0300 555 0606 (Health HUB).  Our hours of operation are Monday – Friday, 09.00 – 17.00


How do I access this service/make a referral?

Referrals to Community Paediatrics are now online. Click on the link to access our online referral pack and for further details for professionals. 

You can be referred to the service by health, education and social care professionals, please note that self-referrals are not accepted to this service.  GPs are encouraged to continue to use the SystmOne referral pathway.


Brief Observation of Symptoms of Autism (BOSA)
We understand that you will want to prepare for the assessment and your child or young person may have questions too.  Click here for more information about BOSA which were created together with parents and their children who have had a BOSA assessment to help explain what a BOSA is and what to expect at the assessment. 


Latest Waiting Time information
Click on the link to view information regarding our latest waiting times across Luton and Bedfordshire

Click on this link for translatable information on waiting times.


Local Support Services

For information about local support services – click here

If you have any concerns about a child's safety, contact the following services:


Local Offer and NDD Pathway

Further information for Children with SEND, and information about the Neurodevelopmental Assessment Pathway (NDD) can be found on the Local Offer pages:


Resources

Diagnosis Support PackDiagnosis Support Pack Logo - orange background
Professionals, parents and young people across Bedfordshire and Luton have joined forces to utilise their expertise and collaborate in the development of a co-produced 'Diagnosis Support Pack' - a one stop place for information, support, guidance in multi media format in the lead up to, or following a diagnosis of a neurodiversity.  Click on the link above or the image to access the pack.
For our Patient Advice and Liasion Service (PALS) - click here for full details.

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