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If you choose Bedford you can be certain of high quality clinical care and treatment in clean, comfortable surroundings. We our proud of our short waiting times, excellent medical and nursing staff, ample car parking, which is free for disabled patients and visitors, and we are in easy reach by car, bus or train. We provide a wide range of services from our modern facilities including maternity, vascular (vein) services and cancer care. Our focus is on providing high quality clinical services and support for patients.
These trusts also provide services at Bedford Hospital South Wing
Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Tel:020 7253 3411
East London NHS Foundation Trust
Tel:020 7655 4000
The key purpose for our service is to clinically assess and provide appropriate wheelchairs and associated equipment (posture and pressure care) to clients with a long-term mobility need, (over 6 months). The Wheelchair Service will continue to support the clients and maintain any issued equipment. Having the most appropriate mobility equipment can improve quality of life, facilitate independence, enable access into the wider community and reduce the risk of developing deformity for our clients.
The wheelchair service provides training for the community prescribers of basic wheelchairs for adult clients that are not totally wheelchair dependant. We offer specialist assessment for adult clients that are totally wheelchair dependent, all children and bariatric clients. We run a bespoke seating service for clients with complex postural needs that require made to measure / moulded seating. We are able to pressure map as part of a specialist pressure care assessment and provide a range of complex cushions. We work closely with seating companies and hold regular clinics for equipment trail or review.
Each new episode of care is completed within 18 weeks of referral and this is normally sufficient for most clients, however if something takes longer to resolve we would continue to work with the client until the clinical situation required. We accept referrals for review throughout the time the client has the equipment, and have an approved repairer contract to ensure that the wheelchairs are properly maintained while it is on issue.
We currently review all bespoke seating clients annually. We would like to offer a review service for all children and powered wheelchair users but we are currently not commissioned to do this.
The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMH) provides outpatient assessments, support and treatment for children experiencing moderate to severe mental health problems in young people up to the age of 18. The service works to provide patients with a greater knowledge of their condition and improve coping techniques.
The service provides help to children and to the wider family, including children living with foster parents, children who have been adopted and young people living in children's homes. The service may see children and adolescents on their own, with their parents or with their family, and may also see parents on their own.
Community Learning Disability Team:
Provides assessment and intervention for children up to the age of 18 who have a learning disability and associated severe challenging behaviour or mental health problems.
Home Treatment Team:
Provides high intensive community based treatment using a care pathway approach and regular visits to patient's home or preferred location. In a few cases, where home treatment is not an appropriate option, then the team may need to consider an inpatient admission.
Looked After Children's Team:
Offers support to young people who may be accommodated or under Care Orders with the local authorities.
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”.
The aim of our service is to support children with complex medical continuing healthcare needs to live within their family home and fulfil their potential as individuals. This includes supporting them in a variety of settings in the community for example, schools and nurseries. Without the support of the team many families would find it impossible to continue to care for their child at home.
The Children’s Nursing Team at the Child Development Centre (CDC) co-ordinates and supports paediatric clinics for children and their families. Working in partnership with paediatricians and families while waiting for, or following, diagnosis, supporting families at this often difficult time working to support transition into education and universal services.
We provide nursing advice and health promotion and safeguard and promote the welfare of children accessing the service.
The Nursing Team also oversee the Information Room which provides resources regarding specific conditions, support groups and a number of other topics related to special needs for children, young people and their families.
The Special Needs Nursing team are part of the wider Intermediate Care Team, thereby providing a co-ordinated specialist service.
The Special Needs Nursing team support children and young people aged 3-19 years old, with learning disabilities and associated additional health care needs within the special school setting. The service is provided by a multi-skilled team of registered nurses and specialist nursery nurses.
The team work in partnership with parents and carers, education teams, children’s community nurses, continuing care, social care and the wider multi-professional team to enable children and young people to access the curriculum.
The service provides:
The team develop individual care plans to meet the health care needs of children and young people through a process of assessment, planning, implementing care and evaluation of outcomes. The team co-ordinate pre and post-operative planning in order to ensure all services are in place to promote a timely return to school following surgery. The team take an active role in transition planning to promote effective transition from children’s to adult services.
The team provides training to parents, carers, education staff, respite provision and voluntary agencies in a variety of clinical interventions specific to individual care plans, to include, administration of medicines, enteral feeding, rescue medication (buccal midazolam/rectal diazepam), epilepsy awareness, oxygen therapy, suction, and the management of anaphylaxis (Anapen/Epipen).
The team work in partnership with the multi-professional team to co-ordinate health care clinics held within the special school setting in order to ensure that children and young people spend as little time as possible attending appointments outside the school setting. Clinics provided are:
•Medical reviews (led by Community Consultant Paediatrician)
•Immunisations (planned and provided by the special needs nursing team)
The nursing team work in partnership with the education staff in the planning and delivery of health promotion to include healthy eating, sexual health, drug awareness and other government initiatives.
The special needs nursing team act as an advocate and provide advice and support to families meeting their children’s health care needs. The team are responsible for sign-posting to and referring to specialist services as necessary, sourcing relevant information, liaising with and when appropriate taking the Lead Professional role in conjunction with the family and other health care professionals.
CHUMS offers four services in Bedford Borough which are aimed at children, young people and their families.
Bereavement Service - any child or young person who has been bereaved is able to access bereavement support which may be in the form of individual or group support. Group support includes parents/carers. Ongoing support is also available for parents and teenagers on a monthly basis with other events such as a Remembrance Service and Family Day being offered during the year.
Trauma Service – offers support to children and young people who have been bereaved in traumatic circumstances such as murder, suicide, road traffic collision as well as those showing signs and symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The service is also able to support children and young people affected by other traumas such as sexual abuse, witness to domestic violence or witness to another traumatic event.
Emotional Wellbeing Service - short term support for children and young people presenting with a mild to moderate mental health difficulty. Presenting issues include anxiety, relationship difficulties, low mood and low self esteem. Group support is offered to those with anxiety and we offer a group programme for children and young people who have an ASD diagnosis. Parents/carers are included in our group programmes.
Recreational Therapeutic Service - this service is offered to young people who have found it difficult to engage with traditional therapies and/or are finding it hard to engage with education; they may be at risk of exclusion or have been excluded. Support is offered by activity based programmes including football or music as a tool for engagement.
The Community Eye Service cares for children from 0 - 16 years of age with strabismus, lazy eye (amblyopia) and vision defects. If a child/young person has special needs they can be seen until the age of 19 if they remain in education. The team comprises of orthoptists, orthoptic support workers, community ophthalmologists and specialist paediatric optometrists.
The Orthoptic support workers screen the vision of all children attending mainstream lower/primary schools between the age of 4-5 years.
To develop good eyesight, it is important that eye problems are identified and treated at an early age, as defects which may cause squints or strabismus- (where one eye turns in/out), often run in families or are associated with other special needs. The term lazy eye is often used to describe one eye that is not developing good vision, this is also known as Amblyopia.
Following referral, we will offer your child an initial assessment and, together, we will plan your child’s on going eye care. The treatment plan will then be reviewed regularly to improve your child’s eyes as much as possible. After your first visit to see the orthoptist your child will probably have a further appointment to see the ophthalmologist or optometrist. For this next check eye drops may be needed to enlarge the pupils. The ophthalmologist will examine the eyes to ensure they are healthy and prescribe glasses, if required. Each eye is checked to see if it is healthy and to see if your child needs glasses to correct long/short sight or astigmatism, the children’s glasses prescription voucher (HESP) will be issued.
The orthoptist will monitor the child’s eye problem, offering advice and non-surgical treatment, in order to maximise your child’s visual development. Where a child has a condition where the vision cannot be improved the team will work with other professionals to ensure the child visual capabilities are understood. The Community Eye service orthoptists work closely with the ophthalmologists and optometrists in the Community eye Service and at the Moorfields at Bedford Paediatric Eye Clinic.
Occupational Therapists (OT) help children who have difficulties with activities of daily living
skills (eg washing, dressing, eating, toileting; play and leisure; ability to participate in
school lessons or move around the school building).
This may be achieved through individual advice, treatment and recommendation of specialist equipment within the school environment