Community paediatrics

Helping children with developmental disorders such as cerebral palsy, autism, muscular dystrophy and ADHD.

Referral and appointments

0300 123 4087
kcht.CommunityPaediatrics@nhs.net

Maidstone

kcht.paediatricsmaidstone@nhs.net

  • The Heathside Centre, Heath Road, Coxheath, Maidstone, ME17 4AH
  • Larkfield Health Centre, Martin Square, Larkfield, Aylesford, ME20 6Q

Tunbridge Wells

  • Dolphin Centre, Abbey Court, 7 – 15 St John’s Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN4 9TF
  • Edenbridge War Memorial Hospital, Outpatients Department, Mill Hill, Edenbridge, TN8 5DA
  • Sevenoaks Hospital, Minor Injury Unit, 2nd Floor Hospital Road, Sevenoaks, TN13 3PG,
  • Woodlands Heath Centre, Allington Road, Paddock Wood, Tonbridge, TN12 6AX

Dartford, Gravesend and Swanley

  • Children Resource Centre, Darent Valley Hospital, Darenth Wood Road, Dartford, DA2 8DA
  • Dartford East Health Centre, Pilgrims Way, Dartford, DA1 1QY
  • Gravesham Community Hospital, Bath Street, Gravesend, DA11 0DG

Who we are

We are a team of consultant paediatricians, specialist nurses and administrators who investigate, diagnose and help children with neurodevelopment disorders such as cerebral palsy, developmental delay, autistic spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and muscular dystrophy.

What we do

We provide advice and support for children with educational needs and we provide statutory statements of their needs. We also have expertise in safeguarding, child protection and looked after children (LAC). We have a specialist attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) nurse who supports children and young people with ADHD and associated difficulties. We give behavioural support, education and advice to children with ADHD and their families, carers, health and educational professionals.

How do you use this service?

We accept referrals from the following criteria:

  • Developmental Delay/Impairment
  • Physical Disability, g. Cerebral Palsy, Duchenne muscular dystrophy
  • Assessment of children with suspected Autism/Asperger syndrome (a neurodevelopmental disorder) who are under 11 years of age*
  • Assessment of children with suspected ADHD between 6 and 11 years of age*. In case of significant concerns raised by school and parents, we may be able to start the assessment process between 5 and 6 years of age.  However, we do not usually commence treatment until the child is 6 years old
  • Dyspraxia/co-ordination problems in primary school children: 50 sessions of BEAM and 6-weeks of Clever Hands/Fingers to be initially undertaken at school. If concerns persist then refer to the Integrated Therapy and Care Co-ordination Service (ITACC)

*Child 11+ years with suspected ASD/ADHD to be referred to CYPMHS (formerly CAMHS).

You need to be referred by a GP, healthcare or educational professional.

Your stories

Your comments

May 2018
Gravesend

The doctor and specialist therapist were amazing. They worked brilliantly with our daughter and were very professional and caring and friendly.

February 2018
Aylesford

Very nice and helpful doctor who explained the issues and the options clearly.

February 2018
Deal

I was treated with respect and everything was explained to me in a way I could understand.

December 2017
Tunbridge Wells

Always very positive and helfpul.

December 2017
Dartford

I felt listened to and I felt the doctors took their time to be thorough.

November 2017
Tunbridge Wells

Very helpful. Lots of information. Chatted through all worries and concerns.

November 2017
Tunbridge Wells

I felt in safe hands, professional, experienced and met the needs of the child.

November 2017
Tunbridge Wells

Help understand more and reassurance. (Child/Young person)

October 2017
Tunbridge Wells

Friendly polite team. Easy to talk to and willing to listen.

October 2017
Gravesend

All my dealings I have had with the service have been positive and all the professionals I have seen have been very helpful.

October 2017
Tunbridge Wells

He's a very nice doctor. Was polite and helpful. (Child/Young Person)

September 2017
Tunbridge Wells

Helpful advice and friendly attitude.

September 2017
Tunbridge Wells

I do think that the centre listens to me as a parent with my concerns and understands my fears regarding my child.

September 2017
Dartford

My appointment was on time and the consultant took the time to explain things to me. (Child/Young Person)

August 2017
Tunbridge Wells

I got to share stuff with her. (Child/Young Person)

August 2017
Gravesend

I was able to view my concerns and they were understood and help was given.

August 2017
Maidstone

Lovely mannerism and easy to talk to. (ADHD Nurse)

August 2017
Tunbridge Wells

The doctor listened to us very carefully and explained every step. I was really happy with all the answers that I received.

August 2017
Maidstone

She was very welcoming and easy to talk to. (Child/Young Person - ADHD Nurse)

July 2017
Maidstone

Supportive but more importantly they are human and helpful. (ADHD Nurse)

July 2017
Tunbridge Wells

Very sympathetic and understandng consultant.

July 2017
Tunbridge Wells

Really informative, treated me and my child with friendliness and took my concerns seriously.

July 2017
Maidstone

Listened to and queries answered. A thorough assessment was given.

June 2017
Tunbridge Wells

Clinical person had a lovely manner so my son was relaxed.

June 2017
Gravesend

They were able to give me the answers I needed, with care and understanding and helped me in the right direction, so that we can have a better quality of life.

June 2017
Maidstone

Kind, friendly, professional, well explained, informative, made our child feel at ease. Thank you. (ADHD Nurse)

June 2017
Maidstone

The carers have been compassionate and helpful throughout our treatment. (ADHD Nurse)

May 2017
Maidstone

Very friendly staff, doctor was welcoming and listened to us and gave relevant advice.

May 2017
Maidstone

Fantastic help, support and understanding. (ADHD Nurse)

May 2017
Tunbridge Wells

I feel that my child has been very well dealt with. All concerns are well explained and solutions offered.

April 2017
Dartford

I am very happy with the way it was dealt with, the doctor was wonderful, very helpful.

April 2017
Maidstone

Always ready to listen and offer useful advice. (ADHD Nurse)

April 2017
Tunbridge Wells

Always very patient and kind, responsive and listens to child.

April 2017
Maidstone

The paediatrician was excellent, caring professional, attentive and made us feel at home. The receptionist was welcoming too.

March 2017
Gravesend

Great appointment to help us understand the needs of our child and reassure us.

March 2017
Maidstone

Very patient and understanding doctor. Brilliant with both child and parents.

March 2017
Maidstone

Mary is great with my son and helps support me as a parent. (ADHD Nurse)

February 2017
Maidstone

Mary is always positive, helpful and patient. Very professional. (ADHD Nurse)

February 2017
Maidstone

The doctor that sees my daughter is very efficient and listens to us and explains everything to us as adults, then explains to my daughter so that she understands.

February 2017
Dartford

Shirley is very helpful, understanding and caring. She takes time to listen and offers solutions.

January 2017
Maidstone

Made my son feel very relaxed and happy. Answered all of my questions. Didn't feel rushed.

January 2017
Dartford

I always feel reassured and happy when I leave an appointment with my daughter. (ADHD Nurse)

January 2017
Tunbridge Wells

Very easy to talk, very positive, confidence in her dealings with my child.

January 2017
Dartford

Very attentive, listened to concerns.

December 2016
Maidstone

It has been very helpful, excellent advice given. First time ever I have been given an appointment like this and was very happy with everything.

December 2016
Dartford

I am always happy with the service provided and have great confidence in the person we see. I feel supported as a carer and feel my child is receiving the best care.

December 2016
Maidstone

She helped me get over my fear. (ADHD Nurse)

November 2016
Maidstone

The doctor was lovely and explained everything thoroughly. My mind was put at ease with this nice approach and she dealt with my four year old with care and consideration.

November 2016
Maidstone

I have had so much help and support I feel extremely lucky with all the advice I have had. So, so grateful for all the help I have received. (ADHD Nurse)

November 2016
Tunbridge Wells

Doctor is a very knowledgeable and experienced doctor with a professional manner. Reception team friendly.

October 2016
Dartford

One of the most helpful people we have seen over the years of my son having ASD and ADHD.

October 2016
Maidstone

Very good service, listened to all my concerns.

October 2016
ADHD Nurse, Maidstone

Very supportive, excellent knowledge, very friendly and approachable.

October 2016
Maidstone

Did not rush the appointment, addressed our concerns and gave us relevant information to help us as parents.

September 2016
ADHD Nurse, Dartford

Very helpful and supportive, I feel I am listened too.

September 2016
Tunbridge Wells

It has been a very useful and helpful meeting and the doctor was very accessible. My son and I felt it easy to talk to her.

September 2016
Maidstone

Very happy with the way me and my child were greeted and cared for.

September 2016
Dartford

Assessment was very thorough and I left feeling safe in the knowledge that she will be looked after well.

August 2016
Dartford

It has helped my son so much, and he is doing really well at school because of the help he has received. (ADHD Nurse)

August 2016
Dartford

Talking things through made us assured about our son.

August 2016
Tunbridge Wells

A very friendly, warm, knowledgeable doctor. A lot of time given by doctor to discuss issues. Helpful advice. Felt listened to and included in decisions.

August 2016
Maidstone

They have been very supportive with my son and give great help and advice when needed. (ADHD Nurse)

July 2016
Tunbridge Wells

We have constant support and contact. Plenty of help advice and techniques. Appointments have been easy to make continuity of care has been brilliant.

July 2016
Maidstone

Lovely friendly team, perfect environment.

June 2016
Maidstone

I have had the best from this clinic. Very supportive.

June 2016
Tunbridge Wells

Amazing support thoughout.

June 2016
Dartford

Very friendly - listened to my concerns about my child. Very helpful with information given for support etc.

June 2016
Maidstone

Always find Mary understanding, helpful and very supportive. Always takes time to listen and hear what myself and what (child's name) says. (ADHD Nurse)

May 2016
Tunbridge Wells

I was very impressed with doctor's knowledge, understanding and instructions during the review. I felt very confident with decisions and am very happy with the way forward that has been planned.

May 2016
Maidstone

Very happy with all the help and support we have recieved in helping my son and us.

May 2016
ADHD Nurse, Dartford

We have always found these appointments beneficial. Staff are considerate and attentive. We feel well supported.

May 2016
Maidstone

Helpful, caring, put child's needs first, reassuring.

April 2016
Maidstone

Very caring and patient doctor, lovely staff. Professional service, nice waiting area

April 2016
Maidstone

Our first appointment was very reassuring. We felt listened to and feel supported.

April 2016
ADHD Nurse, Maidstone

I always feel I'm listened to any issues I have. I'm fully supported and advice given. My daughter likes the staff member and feels she can talk to them.

April 2016
Dartford

Fabulous professional staff, lots of good advice given. Thank you.

March 2016
Dartford

It was very helpful and very carefully diagnosed.

March 2016
Tunbridge Wells

Very confident with all the advise we have been given.