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Children's Therapy Service Southampton

Our children's therapy services include:

  • Physiotherapy
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Podiatry (South East Hampshire and Portsmouth only)

For more information on any of these services, visit the Healthier Together website here.

We support children and young people who:

  • are registered with a GP in Hampshire, Southampton or Portsmouth.
  • attend a school in Hampshire, Southampton or Portsmouth

All children are different and develop at different speeds. Some children find learning certain skills more difficult than others and they may need specialist assessment and advice from one of our therapists.

Our Children’s Therapy Service team works closely together to support children and young people who need specialist help from one or more of our therapy services. These include Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Therapy.

Our vision is that all children and young people are provided with the skills they need to take part, as effectively as possible, in everyday situations and are supported to reach their full potential.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) 

See the latest information and guidance on Coronavirus, read our important visitor guidance and access a range of health and wellbeing resources here.

How has the Coronavirus outbreak affected my appointment? 

Therapy staff are still working during the Coronavirus outbreak. 

Most appointments with therapists have changed to a telephone or video appointment rather than in-person.  For a few children a therapist might need to see you in person for particular needs.  This might be something such as to listen to a swallow or adjust a piece of equipment.  We will speak with you to agree what kind of appointment is best right now.  

A therapist can only see you in person if it is safe.  We will check with you that, your child or anyone who lives in your house has no symptoms of Coronavirus.  

When therapists need to be close to you or your child they will be wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).  This could be a face mask, gloves, an apron and maybe a visors.

Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Physiotherapists and Podiatrists will continue to work  to advice and guidance from the Government, NHS England, their professional bodies and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Can I still contact the service?  

Yes you can contact our service on the Solent NHS Trust Children's Therapies Telephone Advice Line: 0300 300 2019.  We are available Monday to Friday 8am – 5pm.

Please call this number for all advice and questions.

You may have contact details for therapy staff who usually work with you and your child, however some of our team are working in different places so it will be better to call the main number 0300 300 2019 for all staff.

I am on your waiting list. How do I find out how long I have to wait?

Please contact the Solent NHS Trust Children's Therapies Telephone Advice Line: 0300 300 2019.  We are available Monday to Friday 8am – 5pm

Other Information

Due to the very high demand on the NHS at the moment we are making appointments available for children with the highest therapy need first. 

We are working out which children are at the highest risk if therapy interventions are not provided.  This might be because of swallowing difficulties, or your child needs specialist equipment to help them be comfortable and safe.  We have been assessing the risks to all children we know and how we can best meet the clinical needs of as many children as possible.  We have plans in place to slowly increase the number of appointments available, to start opening some of our clinics and start seeing some children in school where that is possible. 

We are reviewing plans regularly to make sure it is safe for you, your child and our staff. If you are concerned please contact us on 0300 300 2019.

Referral method

Before making a referral to our service you may be required to have tried local support resources/interventions before the referral will be accepted.

We have an integrated referral form offering the choice of service you require. You can refer to more than one service if needed, in which case a fully integrated assessment will take place.

You can download our integrated referral form here

Referral forms must be completed in full with a parent / guardian signature.

Please return the completed form via post or email.

Our Children’s Therapy Service has an open referral system, which means we accept referrals from anyone including:

  • Parents / Carers
  • paediatricians
  • GPs
  • health visitors or other health care professionals, including audiologists
  • pre-school or school staff.

Contact Information

0300 300 2019

SNHS.Solentchildrenstherapyservice@nhs.net

Adelaide Health Centre, 2nd Floor, William McLeod Way, Southampton, SO16 4XE

Opening hours

  • Monday 8:00am - 6:00pm
  • Tuesday 8:00am - 6:00pm
  • Wednesday 8:00am -6:00pm
  • Thursday 8:00am - 6:00pm
  • Friday 8:00am - 6:00pm

Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)

Please visit our services page for specific services and contact details. Alternatively, contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Service by emailing or calling the number below. You can also give us feedback, make a complaint or share a compliment.

pals@solent.nhs.uk

 0800 013 2319

*Lines are open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5pm

The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act was passed on 30 November 2000. It gives a general right of access to all types of recorded information held by public authorities, with full access granted in January 2005.

The Act sets out exemptions to that right and places certain obligations on public authorities.

Email: InformationGovernanceTeam@solent.nhs.uk

Phone: 0300 123 3919

*Subject to any exemptions which apply, we are obliged to provide the information requested please note that requests for Personal Information is not covered under this Act and should be applied for through the Data Protection Act 1998.

Our administrative and managerial centre is based in Southampton.

While our services can be found around various NHS locations in Southampton and Portsmouth (and surrounding districts), our administrative and managerial centre is based in Southampton at:

Highpoint Venue
Bursledon Road
Southampton
SO19 8BR

If you require a printable version of how to find us including bus times, car access and bike info please download our leaflet. (Copyright of Highpoint Venue).

Central office phone: 0300 123 3390

*Lines open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

If you are a journalist with a media enquiry, please contact the Communications Team at:

communications@solent.nhs.uk 

0300 123 4156 or 02381 031076

The Communications Office is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.