Community Paediatric Service

Community Paediatrics is part of Community Children's Services. The department consists of doctors and nurses who provide out of hospital care for children and young people. They also carry out a range of statutory duties in relation to child protection, medical advice for special educational needs, and health assessments of children in care.


Community paediatricians and nurses work within the wider health network of therapists and nurses and also with CYPS (local authority Children and Young People’s Services) and the voluntary sector. The role of the paediatric service involves prevention, identification, assessment, diagnosis, treatment and support. Many will also have specialist skills/interests in addition to their general work (e.g. adoption; neurodisability).


Community paediatricians and nurses are closely networked with acute general paediatricians and other Specialist Community Clinicians, such as CAMHS, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Speech and Language Therapists.


The doctors and nurses have expertise and experience in the following areas:

Children with developmental difficulties or disability

  • Safeguarding children
  • The impact of health problems in educational settings
  • Children with autistic spectrum disorders and complex learning difficulties
  • Children with behaviour difficulties including ADHD
  • Children living in Special Circumstances – e.g. children looked after by the local authority, asylum seekers etc
  • Medical input to the adoption process

The paediatric service has excellent links with the schools, special schools and other services in North Somerset.

Children aged from birth to 18 years (19yrs in exceptional cases) may be seen in a variety of outpatient clinics including at Drove Road Childrens' Centre, in a special school or at health centres or GP surgeries. They may also be seen at Springboad Opportunity playgroup, nursery, or school.


Referral critiera

The referral critiera is currently under review.

Referral is via the Single Point of Entry form which is available from Drove Road by clicking here 


For more information about the Community Paediatric Service please contact:
Dr Saras Hosdurga

Consultant Community Paediatrician
Drove House
Drove Rd
BS23 3NT
Tel: 01934 881340