Feeding Service

Age Range:

0-16yrs

The Service:

We treat children with eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties

Who is the service for?

Children with eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties

Criteria for access to service

We run three specialist clinics:

  1. Videofluroscopy clinic – to assess how safely a child is swallowing using an x-ray
  2. Medical feeding clinic – to see children with complex medical conditions, physical disabilities and delayed feeding skills
  3. Behavioural feeding clinic – to see children with developmental and behavioural issues around feeding

We cannot accept urgent referrals – Babies and children with a sudden deterioration in feeding skills may require hospital admission

Accessibility of this service

Our building is fully accessible

How this is provided:

Our feeding clinics assess and treat babies and children with eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties. We manage this by running three specialist clinics as described above. The clinics are run by a multi-disciplinary team – a range of different professionals working together to assess and treat each child. The specialist team includes:

  • Speech and language therapists, who specialise in eating and drinking difficulties
  • Dieticians
  • Neurodisabilty specialists
  • Paediatric neurologists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Psychologists

How can I access this service?

We accept referrals from medical consultants at Evelina London Children’s Hospital and form other hospitals, some GP referrals are accepted if the child does not have a consultant using these details:
Videofluoroscopy and medical feeding clinics – Helen Cockerill
Gst-tr.ELCHPaedNeuroReferrals@nhs.net
Behavioural feeding clinic – Dr Veronica Kelly
Gst-tr.ELCHPaedNeuroReferrals@nhs.net

How is this service funded?

The service is commissioned by health

Do you need to pay for this service?

No

Useful to know

Both clinics are based at:
Children’s Neurosciences Centre (Newcomen Centre)
1st floor, South Wing
St Thomas' Hospital
London SE1 7EH

Contact us

Tel: 020 7188 6232/3993