The rapid response has been set up to provide a more efficient service for children in Greenwich who present with certain conditions as a new born, require respiratory assessment and treatment, require a short intensive block of specific rehabilitation or to facilitate a safe early discharge home from hospital.
Who is this service for?
The Rapid Response and urgent service has been set up to provide a more efficient service for children in Greenwich, who present with certain conditions: as a new born, those that require respiratory assessment and treatment, those that require a short intensive block of specific rehabilitation or to facilitate a safe early discharge home from hospital.
What do we offer?
- Early intervention for those children whose condition may worsen within a short period of time
- Highly specialised physiotherapy examination and assessment of your child in light of their diagnosis or changes in their functional ability . This can include respiratory, musculoskeletal, orthopedic and neurological assessment
- We may provide a specific therapy program, and parent/carer education as required, or offer an intensive block of physiotherapy intervention
- We may liaise with other health care professionals that are involved in your child’s care and school/nursery settings if applicable
- If your child requires further ongoing longer term physiotherapy input they will be handed over to the relevant physiotherapy team for ongoing assessment and treatment
Who can refer my child to the Rapid Response service?
Most commonly we receive referrals from G.P, Health Visitors, Community Nurses, Consultant Paediatricians or Hospital Therapists. We also accept self-referrals from parents and carers.
What to expect
- You will be offered an initial appointment when your referral has been received and accepted. This can be in your home or clinic setting
- If your child is in hospital and requires a short block of rehabilitation, the physiotherapist may arrange to attend meetings and therapy sessions prior to your child’s discharge home
- If your child requires occupational therapy and/or speech and language therapy they may have joint therapy sessions
- It is likely that you child will be required to undress for full examination or assessment. Older children may wish to wear shorts
How long will my appointment last?
First appointments generally take 30-60 minutes, depending on the child. Follow-up appointments generally last for 30 minutes.
If you are unable to attend your appointment, please contact the Single Point of Access team (SPA) to cancel your appointment as soon as possible, so that your slot can be offered to another child.
If you do not attend the appointment without making contact you may be discharged from the service.
SPA team contact number: 020 8836 8621, option 2
For more contact details, visit our Contact Us page.