Shake-up planned for care of children in communities

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HEALTH bosses are planning a shake-up of the way they look after some of their child patients in Doncaster.

The GP-led organisation responsible for designing and paying for health services in the borough is drawing up plans for a community-based paediatric service to care for youngsters.

Jointly commissioned by NHS Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group and its Bassetlaw equivalent, the new consultant-led service will focus on children living in the two areas and offer equal access to ensure they are able to receive the health care they need.

It would aim to provide more care and routine appointments away from hospital settings, so children with a range of ongoing health conditions like autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder will be able to get care closer to home in community clinics.

Dr Pat Barbour, from NHS Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group, is leading the development of the new service.

She said: “It will provide paediatric assessment and diagnosis of children who have been identified as having a need.

“Two newly appointed community paediatricians will lead the service and will work with other professionals from health, education and social care to provide multi-disciplinary paediatric assessment, diagnosis and treatment.

“We have started an engagement programme which will run until the end of May and will be discussing our plans with interested groups. We would like to hear from anyone who has a view on our plans.”

The service will be available later this year to children who are living in or registered with a GP in Doncaster.

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