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Update on our services during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

As you will be aware the current situation with COVID-19 is impacting on delivery of all services as we ensure we keep our children/families and staff safe, as well as dealing with the impact on NHS services overall.  The situation and advice coming from NHS England and our trust is also rapidly changing. As a result we have had to reduce some services currently due to social distancing regulations, staff absence and moving staff to support to acute areas.

We recognise that families will still need help and advice during this difficult time and we request that families contact us if they have any queries or concerns. It is preferable that our team is contacted on the following email address as this is checked regularly: stgh-tr.paedphysio.cdc@nhs.net

We are unsure how the government guidance around social distancing and self-isolation will evolve over the coming weeks and we are aware that this could be a very isolating time for families, especially for those who have children with additional needs. Our top priority is the health, safety and wellbeing of the children and families with whom we work.

Below are a few useful tips from your Physiotherapy Team:

NHS Change4Life – find indoor activities, accessible games and recipe ideas: https://www.nhs.uk/change4life/

Child Development Milestones – A website with some activity ideas for different ages to help the development of motor milestones
https://www.verywellfamily.com/child-development-overview-4172261

Contact Wandsworth – Providing support for families with additional needs along with some boredom busters for isolation play ideas.

https://thrive.wandsworth.gov.uk/kb5/wandsworth/fsd/service.page?id=2Sa7xbH9Fss&familychannel=0

Coronavirus A book for Children – A free downloadable book/ video helping to explain the Coronavirus to children

https://nosycrow.com/blog/released-today-free-information-book-explaining-coronavirus-children-illustrated-gruffalo-illustrator-axel-scheffler

The community paediatric physiotherapy service provides a high standard of Physiotherapy care across the Wandsworth Borough for children aged 0-16 years with complex needs (such as Cerebral Palsy, neuromuscular conditions, global developmental delay, etc.) as well as musculoskeletal conditions (such as knee pain, back problems, sports injuries, etc.) The service provides Physiotherapy in clinics at Queen Mary’s Hospital and St George’s Hospital.  For those with specific complex needs, we also provide Physiotherapy input across the Wandsworth borough in home environments, education settings (including schools and nurseries) and, when indicated, other community settings (such as local gyms, parks, etc.) We also offer a Ponseti service for children in the Wandsworth and Croydon boroughs. All of our paediatric Physiotherapy services are in line with government initiatives and National Service Frameworks, including Every Child Matters and National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) clinical guidelines, to provide the most effective service for our children and families. Most of our Physiotherapists are members of the Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists and regularly attend courses for this special interest group.


Referrals

We accept referrals for children and young people (0-16 years of age) with a Wandsworth GP.

We do not accept self-referrals – all referrals must be from a healthcare professional (e.g GP). Referrals can be sent to stgh-tr.referrals@nhs.net or posted to the department.

Internal referrals for outpatient or community physiotherapy assessment can be sent via internal.referrals@stgeorges.nhs.uk


Key staff

  • Hannah McManus (Clinical Team Lead for the Community Paediatric Physiotherapy Team)
  • Sharon Bickerton (Highly Specialised Paediatric Physiotherapist)
  • Hayley Wearn (Highly Specialised Paediatric Physiotherapist – CDC)
  • Isabel Green (Highly Specialised Paediatric Physiotherapist – CDC)
  • Rhiannon Clark (Highly Specialised Paediatric Physiotherapist – MSK)
  • 2 x Rotational Band 6 CDC Physiotherapists
  • 1 x Rotational Band 6 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist
  • 1 x Rotational Band 5 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

Contact details

Queen Mary’s HospitalSt George’s Hospital
Childrens Therapies
Ground Floor
Queen Mary’s Hospital
Roehampton Lane
London
SW15 5PNTelephone: 0208 725 2750
Paediatric Physiotherapy Department
Dragon’s Children Centre
Lanesborough Wing
St George’s Hospital
Blackshaw Road
London
SW17 0QTTelephone: 020 8725 1890

Opening hours

Monday08.30 – 17.00
Tuesday08.30 – 17.00
Wednesday08.30 – 17.00
Thursday08.30 – 17.00
Friday08.30 – 16.30