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Update on our services during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

We can confirm that we are still operating and delivering therapy support wherever possible, provided it is safe and appropriate to do so.

We are currently able to offer assessments and reviews via telephone contact with parents and SENCO’s in order to allow reduced face to face contact.  We are also exploring options for offering support through video calls in line with NHS guidance and this will be discussed with you during your phone appointment. 

We will endeavour to resume all services as normal once we are able to do so, but in the meantime please follow these options:

If your child has an EHCP your therapist will be contacting your child’s SENCO in order to set up a telephone review. 

If you would like to have a telephone contact from a therapist, please send a request to your therapist and or to the generic inbox mentioned below.  Your SENCO will also be able to arrange this for your child. 

If your child’s care is deemed urgent, your therapist will be in touch to discuss the best way forward in assessing your child.

We recognise that families will still need help and advice during this difficult time and while we endeavour to answer individual queries during this time, we request that families contact the childrensot@stgeorges.nhs.uk inbox which is being monitored by a member of the team. Non-urgent queries will be recorded but may not receive an immediate response.

Contact details:

Our administrator can be phoned on the following number:
Tel: 0208 725 5748
Our operating hours are 9am-5pm Monday – Friday (year round)
We are closed on Bank Holidays

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 helpful tips from your Children’s Occupational Therapy team:

Your Therapy Sourcewww.yourtherapysource.com/freestuff

Contains wonderful resources for developing motor skills, self-care skills and self-regulation

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clydehttps://www.nhsggc.org.uk/kids/resources/

Contains downloadable resources for child development and life skills

  • Motor skills and activities
  • Postural Program and Self-Regulation Strategies

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

Cerebral Palsy Sports UK have weekly updates: info@cpsport.org  

The Royal College of Occupational Therapy has created a resource to support people who are undertaking social distancing and for families to support their children while schools are closed. This can be found here: https://www.rcot.co.uk/staying-well-when-social-distancing

Contact is another Wandsworth Service that may be able to help or point you in the right direction, link below.

https://thrive.wandsworth.gov.uk/kb5/wandsworth/fsd/results.page?familychannel=0&qt=contact+a+family&term=&sorttype=relevance

The Child Mind Institute has a wealth of information and resources to help parents support their children during this very difficult time including:

  • Coping with the coronavirus
  • Autism and the Coronavirus
  • Managing Anxiety
  • Discipline and Behaviour
  • Dealing with Loss
  • https://childmind.org

Key staff

Head of Children’s Therapies – Sophie Scott
Clinical Team Lead for Children’s Occupational Therapy – Elgonia Dreyer
Administrator for Children’s Occupational Therapy – Caitlin Greenaway

Referrals

Please refer to the referral criteria attached.

Using our referral form (word) or via EHITS (Wandsworth Education Professionals must use EHITS)  –  The referrals can be sent via email: stgh-tr.comm.paedotreferrals@nhs.net  or via post: Children’s Occupational Therapy, Queen Mary’s Hospital, Roehampton Lane, Roehampton, SW15 5PN.

Occupational Therapy (Children’s) Community Services Referral Criteria (PDF)
Occupational Therapy (Children’s) Community Services Referral Form (Word)