Community paediatricians are doctors who are specialists in the assessment and management of children and young people with concerns about their development. They see children with a wide range of special needs and disabilities, for example, children with developmental delay, autistic spectrum condition, cerebral palsy, epilepsy and genetic or congenital syndromes.
Their role is to diagnose conditions which may have an impact on a child’s development and learning or cause disability and to advise on ways to help your child and you as a family. They can arrange blood tests, X-rays and scans if needed.
After initial assessment and diagnosis, the team may arrange review appointments. These are a chance to monitor your child’s health and give advice on treatment.
How does the community paediatric service work?
Community paediatricians mainly see children at Seaside View Child Development Centre but also have the flexibility to see and assess children at home, school or nursery.
They work closely with the other professionals in the Child Development Centre and with paediatricians at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital. They work as part of a wider team of professionals and join in with meetings about children under their care when they can.
Working with other medical professionals
If your child needs a specialist opinion the community paediatrician will make a referral to the Children’s Hospital in Brighton or to more specialist teams in Chailey or London. These appointments are arranged at Seaside View, where possible.
The community paediatric service also has trainees who may see your child in clinic. Their clinical work is closely supervised by a consultant paediatrician. You may be asked if a medical student can join the clinic to help them to train.
Community paediatricians work with children and young people up to 18 years old. Parents and carers can ask any professional who knows their child to complete a referral form and send it to the team at Seaside View. The referral panel will decide if your child needs to be seen by a paediatrician.
Seaside View Child Development Centre
Telephone: 01273 265780
Monday to Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm
Seaside View Child Development Service
Brighton General Hospital
Car parking: Car parking charges will apply at Brighton General Hospital. Please use the patient/visitor car park on your right as you enter. Free parking is available on surrounding streets however restricted for permit holders between 11 - 12am and 6 - 7pm. There are disabled parking bays outside Seaside View if you are a Blue Badge holder.
Buses for Brighton General Hospital: There are bus stops located nearby and around the Brighton General site. Buses: 2, 21, 22, 22A, 23, 37B
Other information: Seaside View Child Development Service is wheelchair accessible. We have disabled toilets and baby changing facilities. We have a water cooler in Reception and there are refreshments available from mobile coffee shop in the Patient and Visitor car park (8am - 3pm). If you have any additional needs please contact us to see if these can be accommodated.