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The Child Health Service is provided to most of County Durham and Darlington, covering a child population (0-16 years) of approximately 95,000.

Our services include:

Acute paediatric services

These are currently provided from two hospitals: University Hospital of North Durham (UHND) and Darlington Memorial Hospital (DMH) with some day surgery and investigations at BAH. A full range of outpatient services continue at UHND, DMH and BAH in addition to selected clinics at the smaller hospitals. The Child Health Service is integrated across County Durham and Darlington, but for acute duties is currently subdivided into two teams, based at DMH, UHND.

Neonatal service

The Neonatal Service is provided from SCBUs at UHND and DMH, each with 12 cots. There are facilities for nasal CPAP and short-term ventilation pending retrieval by the transport service of the Northern Neonatal Network (NNN). A neonatal nursing outreach service facilitates early discharge of selected babies from both units. Developmental follow up is undertaken by the community paediatric service.

Community paediatric service

The Community team has close links and shared care with tertiary neurology services from the Great North Children's Hospital in Newcastle and with the regional clinical genetics service - both of whom provide tertiary clinics at each site and is fully integrated with the acute paediatric team into a Dept. of Child Health. The acute paediatric team currently provide services across 3 DGH's  - Durham, Bishop Auckland and Darlington.

Both sites offer well -established joint assessment services (child development team CDT/ Multi agency assessment teams MAAT) for children with disabilities/developmental delays and autism with weekly clinics involving speech and language therapy, paediatric physiotherapy, occupational therapy, educational psychology, clinical psychology and the family health visitor. There are good links with nursing  staff in the community health team, as well as well- developed links with local authority departments , particularly education, and voluntary agencies.

'I cannot commend the clinic enough. It is marvellous we have this service at all and well done to you all.'

Patient, Coronary Heart Disease / Heart Failure Service, Shotley Bridge Community Hospital