Children's Community Medical Service

What our service does

The service provides Paediatric Medical and Nursing Services to children and young people with the following conditions:
•suspected developmental delays or disorders;
•neuro-developmental problems such as Autism Spectrum Disorders, Cerebral Palsy;
•ADHD and associated behavioural problems (excluding anxiety disorders, depression, mood disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, suicidal tendency);
•Developmental Co-ordination Disorder / Dyspraxia;
•Enuresis, encopresis and constipation;
•Special Educational Needs (we do not accept referrals to confirm/rule out dyslexia);
•safeguarding concerns, alleged neglect, physical, emotional, sexual abuse;
•adoption, Looked After Child medicals;
•children with additional needs/disability and having sleep/ behaviour/ toileting/feeding problems (in Nurse led clinics at CDC).

It also investigates, assesses and diagnoses other underlying medical problems. Referrals to other professionals/agencies made where appropriate.

In addition, it provides specific role related functions like:
•Named Doctor for safeguarding children
•Designated Doctor for Education
•Lead Doctor for NHSP & LAC
•Medical Advisor to Adoption Panel
•Lead Paediatrician to CDOP

The service complies with statutory requirements and has extended its role to develop health activities in line with “Every Child Matters”.

Location of our service

Union Street, Bedford.

Who our service provides for

Patients must be registered with NHS Bedfordshire GP.

Patients 18 years old and under.

How to start using our service

Referrals are accepted from:
• GPs
•School Nurses
•Health Visitors
•Hospital Paediatricians

Urgent referrals – must be faxed (Fax: 01234 310075) + telephoned (01234 310069) if necessary to speak to the doctor

All referrals are considered when received and prioritised accordingly.
All urgent referrals are acted on within 24 hours.
All children are seen within six weeks. Key Worker / Lead Professional are identified as appropriate.

How decisions are made about who can use our service

This service is offered to any child or young person with additional needs.

Specialist service is available to any child or young person with complex clinical needs be it chronic, physical, palliative care or a technology dependent need.

Exclusion criteria for the service:
•patients over 18 years old;
•not registered with NHS Bedfordshire GP. (The exception being for temporary residents and vulnerable groups).

Contact for more information

Di Buchanan
Admin Manager
Union Street Clinic, Union Street, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK40 2SF
01234 310172
Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday 09.00 – 17.00