Frequently Asked Questions
What is a paediatrician?
A consultant specialist paediatrician is a qualified doctor who will have spent many years in caring for children. They will have had a broad training, from the intensive care of a premature baby, through to disorders of teenagers of school-leaving age.
Most paediatricians in the UK are specialists with a wide range of experience in treating children, and will give an opinion and support many conditions. They are particularly knowledgeable about how parents and children interact. Some paediatricians sub-specialise in other areas, for example, gastroenterology or growth and developments.
Paediatricians tend to be more informal and interact with their patients, being known to make jokes and even play games with their patients to put them at ease.
How quickly can I get an appointment with a paediatrician?
This can vary according to availability, but same day appointments are possible. Alternatively they can be made at your convenience in advance. There is a paediatrician in the hospital every day, Monday – Saturday.
What if my child is ill at night or at the weekend?
If your child requires medical treatment out of hours please consult EMDOC, your emergency GP or local A and E department. We do not accept emergency paediatric admissions at Chelsfield Park Hospital.
What sort of conditions can a paediatrician treat?
If you are concerned about any aspect of your child’s health or development, the paediatricians would be pleased to see you. However, if your child is acutely unwell or needs emergency treatment, we must advise you to go to your GP or nearest Accident and Emergency Department in the normal way.
What ages of children can be seen?
We can see children of all ages from 0 months to 18 years of age in our outpatients department and admit children above the age of three for routine minor surgery.
What specialist facilities for babies and children do you have?
We aim to support the needs of all children and families attending the hospital, and of course we comply fully with the Healthcare Commission requirements for paediatrics in hospitals. There is a team of specialist paediatric staff to support the consultant paediatricians.
What happens if my child needs further specialist treatment?
Following your consultation, if required, the paediatrician can refer you to a wide range of clinicians with expertise in paediatric care (e.g. dietician, psychologist, surgeons etc) either at Chelsfield Park Hospital or at other centres of excellence.