Children's Therapy Service Southampton
- 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.
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
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.
Below you can find the School's resource pack. Click the links for ideas and information to help children.
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.
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
- health visitors or other health care professionals, including audiologists
- pre-school or school staff.
- 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