Damon Hill opens Child Development Centre at St George’s
The newly refurbished Child Development Centre (CDC) at St George’s Hospital in Tooting was officially opened by Damon Hill OBE, former Formula One World Champion, on Tuesday 2 June.
The refurbishment was funded out of a ?550,000 fundraising campaign in 2007, supported by a handful of very generous donors. The modern design provides a welcoming and stimulating environment for the children and their families visiting the CDC. Facilities inside the CDC include five safe and modern therapy rooms, a new gym facility, a dedicated ‘quiet room’ for parents to speak confidentially with doctors and therapists and a new multi-sensory room with specialist equipment to enhance sensory development.
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About the Child Development Centre
The Child Development Centre (CDC) was established in 1985 and offers a range of services which focus on the assessment and treatment of children with developmental difficulties. In close liaison with parents, carers and other professionals the Centre aims to provide a truly holistic service to meet the identified needs of children and their families.
We hold over 20 specialist clinics in our CDC, enabling us to provide a coherent and integrated service to 600 children a year who live with cerebral palsy, neuro-muscular problems or a developmental delay. In addition to our clinics, our team of paediatric therapists work very closely with our families to provide a very strong support network. Our quite unique asset of being located in a large teaching hospital enables us to deliver genuinely seamless care to our patients and to share our learning and good practice with colleagues and students.
The dedication of our staff is without doubt of the highest standard. Our Multi-Professional Assessments (MPAs) offer a truly integrated assessment of children with the most complex needs, bringing together all professionals involved in the child’s care to ensure that we develop the most coherent care package for that child. Appointments here have more than doubled in the last year, despite having no extra resource to accommodate this. We are also one of very few centres who provide a lower limb botulinum toxin therapy clinic for children with cerebral palsy. This service can help to improve mobility and can delay the need for a child to undergo surgery.