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Paediatric Outpatient Services at Bedford Hospital

The children’s outpatient department is based in Cygnet Wing opposite adjacent to the entrance. The department runs routine outpatient clinics including specialty clinics in cardiology, respiratory medicine, oncology, diabetes, rheumatology, ophthalmology, orthopaedics and dermatology.

01234 795800

Paediatric Phlebotomy Service

Children under the age of 8 years old can only have a blood test by appointment in the paediatric department (Riverbank Unit) by a paediatric phlebotomist.

01234 795721

Paediatric Speech and Language Therapy

• We clinically assess, diagnose and manage a range of speech, language, communication, eating and drinking difficulties in children aged 0-19.
• Our service contributes to better outcomes for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities and their families by optimizing their speech language and communication potential and helping them to achieve their potential educationally and socially.
• The Speech and Language (S and LT) Service works across the whole county providing help in both community and hospital settings. We treat children up to the age of 16 years (up to 19 years in special education), who have a difficulty with communication or swallowing.
• The Service is provided in a number of ways, depending on need. This may be e.g. individual or group treatment, parent/carer workshops and drop -in information clinics.
• The service also undertakes a role in providing training and specialist support to parents/carers and staff working with children and young people in schools, residential units and other settings. This enables parents/ carers and professionals involved with the child, to provide an appropriate level of support and input
• The service provides treatment via a range of methods. We provide training in children’s communication development for local authority preschool and educational settings. We train parents and carers in developing children’s speech and language development. We treat children in groups and individually, depending on their clinical need.
• We will treat and support a child for as long as our intervention is clinically indicated. Discharge will occur when objectives have been met. In children with long term conditions, on-going management of communication skills can often be undertaken by the family and/ or trained adults working with the child. Discharge is only undertaken with the knowledge and agreement of the family and other involved professionals. We accept re referrals for children known to the service, if re assessment and further advice is requested.
• On-going support is provided via training and advice for settings and schools and parents involved with the children on our caseload.
• We also have a public Facebook page for families and professionals to access. We aim to provide information and ideas for supporting speech, language and communication needs, as well as new research articles and training dates, where appropriate. To join in, search ‘Children’s Speech and Language Therapy in Luton and Bedfordshire’ or visit www.facebook.com/paedsltlutonbedfordshire.

01234 317002

Physiotherapy (Services for People who have a Learning Disability)

Physiotherapy provides access for patients to generic physiotherapy services or to provide specialist intervention as required or indicated from the inital assessment, as well as promoting activites which complement the patients overall physical management programme and their health.

We are part of ‘Services for People who have a Learning Disability’ (SPLD) who provide specialist healthcare services to people who have a learning disability and are 18 years and over, living within Bedfordshire and Luton.

The service is provided for people who have:
• Challenging or disturbed behaviour
• Degenerative neurological disorders which occurred during their developmental period and led to learning disability
• Epilepsy which cannot be managed by general neurological services
• Mental illness and other mental disorders such as autism
• Sensory deficits which cannot be managed by mainstream services

01234 310589

Podiatry Service

Podiatry is a medical speciality, dealing with the diagnosis and treatment of foot and leg problems.

We provide a high quality, responsive service in well equipped and maintained surgeries, based on a patient’s clinical need.

WHO DO WE TREAT?
We target the service towards those individuals who have been assessed as needing the specialist skills of a podiatrist

Examples of appropriate referrals might include people with the following conditions:

- Diabetes at risk
- Rheumatic disease
- Neurological disease
- Immune deficiency
- Septic or infected sores or cuts
- Ulceration
- Vascular or coronary disease
- Patients on high risk drug therapies

The Podiatry Service provides a range of specialities and techniques including assessment, diagnosis, treatment, training and advice with an emphasis on prevention and self-management in order to reduce pain and maximise improvement in foot and lower limb conditions, thus improving or maintaining the patient’s mobility and quality of life.

01525 631199

Rehabilitation and Enablement

The Rehab and Enablement service operates seven days a week and supports patients following a physical injury or an acute medical condition through activities of daily living.

Community Physiotherapists and Community Occupational Therapists (OTs) work with Rehabilitation Support Workers staff to enable patients to regain abilities and independence within their own homes.

03456 024064

Sensory Impairment Service

The Sensory and Communication Support Team offers a service working across Bedford Borough. The Team consists of specialist teachers, specialist teaching assistants, educational communicators and a resource officer/technician. All staff who work with pupils have specialist qualifications e.g. Teacher of the Deaf, Teacher for Visually Impaired, Teacher for Autism, Braille and sign language qualification, as appropriate. The Team supports children who meet referral criteria from time of diagnosis, which can be as early as a few weeks old, to school leaving age.

The aim of the Team is to support parents, carers and school staff in meeting the needs of children with sensory and communication difficulties who meet referral criteria.

01234 300710

Stroke Association

We are the UK’s leading charity dedicated to conquering stroke. We deliver stroke services across the UK, campaign for better stroke care, invest in research and fundraise to expand our reach to as many stroke survivors as possible.

WE CAN HELP BY:
- listening and talking through your situation
- giving information about stroke, making suggestions and exploring the options available to you
- discussing rehabilitation and recovery after stroke
- pointing you towards people and services that offer support after a stroke
- putting you in touch with relevant local and national organisations
- telling you how to reduce your risk of stroke
- sending leaflets and factsheets with information about stroke
- directing you to further sources of information and useful resources.

Please visit our website for further information via the link.

01234 792686

The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (Stanmore)

The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust (RNOH) is the largest orthopaedic hospital in the UK, and is regarded as a leader in the field of orthopaedics both in the UK and world-wide.

The RNOH provides a comprehensive range of neuro-musculoskeletal health care, ranging from acute spinal injury or complex bone tumour to orthopaedic medicine and specialist rehabilitation for chronic back pain sufferers. This broad range of services is unique within the NHS.

As a national centre of excellence, the RNOH treats patients from across the country, many of whom have been referred by other hospital consultants for second opinions or for treatment of complex or rare conditions.

Patients benefit from a team of highly specialised consultants, many of whom are nationally and internationally recognised for their expertise and experience. Consultants are supported in their work by nurses, therapists and other specialist clinical staff who are trained experts in their particular fields of orthopaedic care.

The RNOH plays a major role in teaching, with 20% of all UK orthopaedic surgeons receive training here. Our teaching and clinical effectiveness are enhanced by our work in research and development and academic links with University College, London. Research departments at Stanmore include the Institute of Orthopaedics, the Centre for Disability Research and Innovation, the Institute of Human Performance and the Centre for Biomedical Engineering.

The RNOH works closely with other hospitals and trusts, with whom we have joint appointments to ensure maximum availability of specialist skills for patients. Our patients benefit from access to ASPIRE leisure centre which is located on site and hosts first-class facilities for able-bodied and disabled people.

02089 542300

Tired Out

Tired Out is Family Fund’s new sleep support hub which aims to help parents and carers of disabled children to sleep better. It pulls sleep information and resources together in one place. This includes information about support available to families in their local area, useful sleep tips and a wide range of research, resources and stories from families themselves.

01904 550055

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