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Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust - Dingley Child Development Centre

Services is available in Reading, West Berkshire, Wokingham and South Oxfordshire

We are a Community Paediatric Department seeing children of all ages with neuro-developmental concerns.  This includes the following:

  • Developmental Delay
  • Epilepsy
  • Genetic conditions/Syndromes
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Spina Bifida
  • Visual Impairment
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Movement Disorders.
  • School Clinics (Addington, Castle, Avenue, Brookfields, Bishopswood, Priors Court)

Dingley Child Development Centre is a hub resource providing Community Paediatric care to children in the West of Berkshire.  We also hold clinics at West Berkshire Community Hospital and several of the specialist schools in the area.

We are co-located with Physiotherapists, Occupational therapists and some Speech and Language Therapists covering this area (see separate sheet for referral details). We provide seamless care with our acute Paediatric colleagues. 

We accept referrals from the child’s GP or Hospital Consultant.  We see children where there are concerns about neglect and abuse at the request of Social Services.  We see children undergoing a multiagency assessment as part of the Statementing/EHC process.

We have several specialist services, for example Botulinum toxin service for children with Cerebral Palsy; specialist visual and hearing clinics.  We host Genetics and Neurology clinics outreached from Oxford.

Single level modular accommodation with wheelchair access.  Hoist is available if required.  Translators are used where required, including British Sign Language.

Children are seen at other locations to aid professional communication, and reduce transportation.  For example, at West Berkshire Community Hospital, or at a number of Specialist Schools.

Information sheets on a number of services are available in our Parents Room.

Where a parent has a learning Disability, we have the option to use the adult LD nurse to assist the consultation, upon request.

The Posture Management Clinic aims to ensure that children are receiving 24 hour posture management from a co-ordinated team of experts. For more information please see leaflet.

Who to contact

Telephone
0118 322 7531 option 1
E-mail
cat7@royalberkshire.nhs.uk
Website
Dingley Specialist Children's Centre

Where to go

Address
Erlegh House, Earley Gate
Whitenights Road
University of Reading Campus
Reading
Postcode
RG6 6BZ
Notes

Specialist schools: Avenue, Addington, Bishopswood, Brookfields, Castle, Priors court

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Monday to Friday, 9am-5.30pm, 52 weeks of the year.

Other Details

Costs

Is there a charge for
using this service?
No

Availability

Age Ranges
0 to 16 years - follow up only for 16 to 18 years
Referral required
Yes

Local Offer

Local Offer Age Bands
Early Years (0-4 years)
Primary (4-10 years)
Secondary (11-16 years)
Needs Level
High
SEN Provision Type
Specialist
Local Offer Updated
04/05/2018

General Provider Response

Is your service accessible?
We are a Community Paediatric Department seeing children of all ages with neuro-developmental concerns. This includes the following: • Developmental Delay • Epilepsy • Genetic conditions/Syndromes • Cerebral Palsy • Spina Bifida • Visual Impairment • Hearing Impairment • Movement Disorders. • School Clinics (Addington, Castle, Avenue, Brookfields, Bishopswood, Priors Court) Dingley Child Development Centre is a hub resource based on the site of the Royal Berkshire Hospital, providing Community Paediatric care to children in the West of Berkshire. We also hold clinics at West Berkshire Community Hospital and several of the specialist schools in the area. We are co-located with Physiotherapists, Occupational therapists and some Speech and Language Therapists covering this area (see separate sheet for referral details). We provide seamless care with our acute Paediatric colleagues. We accept referrals from the child’s GP or Hospital Consultant. We see children where there are concerns about neglect and abuse at the request of Social Services. We see children undergoing a multiagency assessment as part of the Statementing/EHC process. We have several specialist services, for example Botulinum toxin service for children with Cerebral Palsy; specialist visual and hearing clinics. We host Genetics and Neurology clinics outreached from Oxford. Single level modular accommodation with wheelchair access. Hoist is available if required. Translators are used where required, including British Sign Language. Children are seen at other locations to aid professional communication, and reduce transportation. For example, at West Berkshire Community Hospital, or at a number of Specialist Schools. Information sheets on a number of services are available in our Parents Room. Where a parent has a learning Disability, we have the option to use the adult LD nurse to assist the consultation, upon request.
What are the eligibility criteria for your service?
Children under the age of 5 where there are concerns about development or neurology. Children over 5 where there are concerns about Neurology, for example a child with Cerebral Palsy moving into the area, or a child who is losing skills. Where there are concerns about learning over the age of 5 years, the child would typically be seen through the education process eg by a SENCO or an Educational Psychologist. We see children for assessment who are undergoing a Statementing/EHC process
How are referrals/applications made to your service?
Referrals are taken from the child’s GP in order that they are aware of their needs. This can be via a standard letter. We would ask that any additional paperwork eg previous assessments are sent with the referral. Where there are concerns about neglect or physical abuse, referrals are received via Social Services. Request for Multiprofessional assessments for the Statementing/EHC plans are received from your Local Education Authority
What is your service standard for responding to referrals/accessing services?
Triage of referrals occurs once weekly. We see referrals within the 18 week wait.
Funding
NHS
Charges
No
Inspection outcomes/quality awards
The CQC inspected The Royal Berkshire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in 2018, when they were awarded "Good" We are involved in national audits, for example Epilepsy 12, to quality assure our service.
Feedback and complaints procedure
We always appreciate feedback on our work and relationships; and regularly audit patient feedback. Complaints procedure is available on the Royal Berkshire Hospital Website. Support is available from the patient advisory Liaison Service (PALS) should you wish to make an enquiry.
How will I know my child will be safe using this service?
The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust is committed to providing the highest quality of care for children and young people and considers the safeguarding and protection of children to be a high priority throughout the organisation. Safeguarding the welfare and wellbeing of all children and young people who use our services, including those with special educational needs and disability is essential to providing health care; this includes protecting their health, human rights and ensuring they are free from harm, abuse or neglect. ‘The action we take to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm is 'everyone’s responsibility’

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