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Paediatric neurodisability

What the service does
Who provides the service
How to access the service
Location of service
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What the service does

We help consultant paediatricians (children’s doctors), families and therapy teams in the practical management of children living with movement disorders and painful muscle spasms related to cerebral palsy.

The service provides:

  • advice on the medical management of abnormal movements, including:
    • spasticity, where your muscles feel stiff, heavy and difficult to move
    • dystonia, where your muscles contract outside your control
  • initial assessment for deep brain stimulation
  • initial assessment for intrathecal baclofen, which is baclofen injected into your spinal canal
  • assessment for children being considered for dorsal rhizotomy, which is an operation used to reduce spasticity in cerebral palsy
  • advice on the possible use of botulinum toxin, which is a muscle relaxing medication
  • assessment and management of children with hemiplegia, which is a lack of control or paralysis on one side of your body

When carrying out assessments, the service works in partnership with:

Who provides the service

The team includes:

  • clinical specialists
  • occupational therapists
  • physiotherapists

How to access the service

Children must be referred by one of the following:

  • consultant paediatrician
  • paediatric neurologist
  • orthopaedic surgeon
  • spinal surgeon

We carry out an assessment of new referrals over the phone to gather relevant information.

All children referred to this service will be managed in partnership with their community paediatrician and relevant local health professionals.

Location of service

Children’s Hospital and Musgrave Park Hospital

Opening hours

9am to 5pm

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