We cover a variety of acute paediatric conditions including:
- aches and pains
- bronchial asthma
- chest pains
- complex neurodevelopment problems
- cystic fibrosis
- developmental delay
- faints and funny turns
- heart problems
- high blood pressure
- recurring chest infections
- symptoms that have not gone away
- underweight children or children not growing normally
You can find out more about our non-urgent Community Paediatrics service here.
If your child has been referred to this service, you’ll both be invited for a 30 minute appointment with one of our consultants.
Before the appointment, make a list of all your concerns and bring this with you. You should also bring:
- your child health record (red book)
- a list of all the medications your child is taking
- any letters you’ve received about your child from any health professionals
During the appointment we’ll talk to you and your child about what’s brought you to our service. We’ll discuss the symptoms they’re experiencing, their medical history and, if necessary, we’ll do a physical examination.
We may also need to do some tests such as a blood test or chest X-ray. Depending on your child’s circumstances, we may need to refer them for further tests such as a scan or some specialised blood tests.
Once we’ve completed our assessment, we’ll work with you and your child to agree on what happens next. We’ll talk directly to your child to go through the different options and agree on a plan for their treatment.
We’ll also give you and your child some advice, and direct you to websites where you can find out more information. You’ll also receive a letter outlining the discussion we’ve had, reminding you of any information you need.
We work very closely and have good relationships with other services such as:
- Children’s Audiology
- Children’s Community Nursing
- Child Development
- Children’s Occupational Therapy
- Community Paediatrics
- Children’s Physiotherapy
- Children’s Speech and Language
- Health Visiting
As well as local GPs, nurse practitioners, and the Great North Children’s Hospital regional centre in Newcastle.
If your child needs specialist surgery, they’ll be transferred to the regional centre. Children who need general surgery, orthopaedic surgery or ENT surgery will be admitted the Children’s Ward or day surgery.
We run 4 specialist clinics, these are:
Rapid access clinic
These are for children and young people that need to be seen quickly but do not need to be admitted to hospital. Your GP can book you in for one of these.
Our diabetic clinics are held regularly at Cumberland Infirmary, Penrith Community Hospital and Workington Community Hospital. These clinics are for children and young people who have already been diagnosed with diabetes. They’re designed to help your child control their diabetes. They’ll be seen by a multidisciplinary team 4 times a year.
Cystic fibrosis clinic
Our cystic fibrosis clinics are held regularly at Cumberland Infirmary, West Cumberland Hospital and Workington Community Hospital. These clinics are for children and young people who have already been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. They’ll be seen by a multidisciplinary team every 2 to 3 months.
Epilepsy clinic (complex)
Our epilepsy clinics are held regularly at Cumberland Infirmary and West Cumberland Hospital. These clinics are for children and young people who have already been diagnosed with epilepsy. They’ll be seen by a paediatrician and an epilepsy nurse either every 4 weeks or every 6 months depending on their circumstances.
During the appointment we’ll check how your child is adjusting to their treatment. We may also do further investigations such as scans and brainwave studies.
To change or cancel an appointment, please call the Contact Centre on 03447 760003. If you have any questions or concerns about your appointment call one of the numbers below:
Paediatrics Medical Secretary
West Cumberland Hospital
Paediatrics Medical Secretary