Health Services for Children and Young People with Complex Medical Needs


Children’s Community Nursing Team

The Children’s community Nursing Team work with children, families, carers, nursery and school staff to enable children to attain and maintain their optimum level of health within their home and school environment. They are based in Queen Mary’s Hospital for Children but work in the community.

The team supports and helps parents and carers to care for their sick or injured child at home, reducing  the need to travel to and from hospital and ensuring as little disruption as possible to the routine of our young patients and their families.

They work closely with families, social care, education, therapists, GPs, consultants and voluntary agencies to ensure that all required services and equipment are in place across all aspects of the child's life prior to discharge.

Requests for services for children and young people under 18 registered with a Sutton GP come from either hospital services or through the GP.

Wheelchair  / Specialist Seating Service

The wheelchair service is based at Queen Mary’s Hospital Roehampton and provides specialist assessment and provision for wheelchairs, postural mobility seating and pressure care to children and young people with mobility difficulties.

The Wheelchair Service is delivered by a specialist team of staff with skills in a wide range of clinical areas to enhance children and young people's mobility needs. Visit the Wheelchair Service website for more information (external link). 

They accept referrals for assessment for children and young people under 18 registered with a Sutton GP which come from healthcare professionals

Specialist Equipment

Specialist equipment can be provided for children and young people with complex health needs and/or disabilities. A range of equipment is available, depending on the child or young person's health needs and could include specialist beds and sleep systems; pressure mattresses, postural support systems, special seating, standing frames, walking and mobility aids, communication aids

Requests for specialist equipment for children and young people under 18 registered with a Sutton GP are usually made by children’s healthcare professionals including community nurses and therapists.

Children’s Continuing Care

Sutton’s Children’s Continuing Care  provides health care and support to families of children and young people who have complex medical needs and/or palliative care needs (including end of life care). The service is for children and young people under the age of 18 registered with a Sutton GP who meet the health eligibility criteria.

Continuing Care is provided to meet the health needs of the child or young person and their families in a variety of locations including home or in over-night stays in specialist provision. Continuing Care providers in Sutton include Epsom & St Helier Children’s Community Nursing Team, and specialist palliative care provision via Shooting Stars Chase Children’s Hospice.

The specialist provision from Shooting Stars Chase ensures all children and young people and their families in Sutton with palliative care needs can access the services they need. This includes specialist consultant & nursing palliative care medical support & advice; admission for symptom  management, short breaks & respite care; hospice at home; end of life care; and bereavement support. Find out more about the services offered by Shooting Stars Chase Children's Hospice (external link). 

Referrals for assessment for eligibility are accepted from healthcare and social care professionals.

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