Find out what to expect when you come to hospital for your child's appointment.

Before your appointment

Each referral is reviewed by our team. Your child will be allocated to the appropriate health professionals within the team and an appointment will be made.

Parents/caregivers should attend all appointments with their child if they are under the age of 16.

Please bring your child’s ‘red book’, and any relevant reports. It would also be helpful if you can bring one of your child’s favourite toys to help them join in with their assessment. In addition, it would be helpful if you could bring the following:

  • your full address and telephone number(s)
  • your appointment card and appointment letter
  • your GP’s name and address
  • a list of questions you may want to ask your consultant

During your appointment

Your appointment may be with one or more clinicians, depending on your child’s needs and it could be possible that a number of different appointments may be needed. Initial appointments are held either at St Mary’s Hospital, the medical centre on Woodfield Road in Westbourne Park, or at your child’s school.

During this appointment the clinician will take a detailed history, provide a clinical examination and may organise further tests, assessments or therapy treatment. A treatment plan will be discussed with you and a written report will be provided for you and relevant professionals.

Please note that we are a teaching hospital, so medical students may be present for some appointments. If you do not wish to have them in the room please let the nurse or doctor know and the students will be asked to step outside.

After your appointment

We write to all patients within a few days of the appointment with details of the consultation.