NHS children and young people’s community services

Temporary changes to Children and young people’s services provided by Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust has made a number of temporary changes to our children and young people’s services to ensure that staff can be redeployed to areas where they are most needed and patient safety is not compromised. These changes are in line with NHS England and Government guidelines.

The changes to the services provision for the families we care for are detailed below:

Health visiting services

  • The following services have been suspended indefinitely: All Child health drop ins; all routine child health and developmental reviews at 1 and 2 years (with the exception of vulnerable families or in cases where there is safeguarding reason. Staff will continue to attend case conferences, core groups, professional and strategy meetings).
  • We will continue to provide: antenatal contacts; new birth visits; 6-8 week contact (such contact/visits may be done over the phone or may continue to be in person).
  • Health visiting teams can be contacted by phone for advice and support, parents/carers should have the number for their team or can find the numbers for all teams on the Trust website.

School nursing services

  • The following services have been suspended indefinitely: vision screening; National Childhood Measurement Programme; School Health advice clinics; Training for school staff re PSHE/SRE
  • We will continue to provide:
    • Support for vulnerable families including those on a Child Protection plan, child in need and looked after children (staff will continue to attend case conferences, core groups, professional and strategy meetings).
    • Support and advice to children and young people with a day or night time wetting problem (Enuresis clinics) will continue by phone.
    • Targeted support and care plan activity for vulnerable children will continue by phone.
    • School aged Immunisation programme, where possible.
    • Please contact the school nursing team by phone: 01296 567833 or by email: [email protected].

Physiotherapy, occupational therapy & speech and language therapy services

  • All routine clinic appointments have been postponed until further notice (with the exception of vulnerable families or in cases where there is safeguarding reason)
  • Any new referrals will be reviewed and support will be provided for urgent cases
  • We will continue to provide:
    • Urgent assessment and review for complex health needs including hospital discharge, mobility and positioning, equipment provision and support for feeding and swallowing difficulties.
    • Advice by phone to support children and young people who have an existing therapy programme or who have therapy provision in their Education, Health and Care Plan.
  • For further information and support please visit the Bucks Healthcare website or call 01296 566045 between 9am - 3pm. Please leave a clear message with your contact details and a member of the team will get back to you.

Community nursing services for children with a learning disability

  • All visits have been postponed until further notice information is available via the Bucks Healthcare website and an advice line is available for support.
  • Continence products will continue to be provided.
  • For further information and support please visit the Bucks Healthcare website or call 01296 566045 between 9am - 3pm. Please leave a clear message with your contact details and a member of the team will get back to you.

Community paediatric services

  • All routine appointments have been postponed until further notice – this includes Neurodevelopment Pathway assessments (with the exception of vulnerable families or in cases where there is safeguarding reason).
  • We will continue to provide: clinics for looked after children; child protection medicals; Education, Health and Care Plans.