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We have dedicated children's teams staffed by Paediatricians and qualified children’s nurses at Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital (QEQM), Margate, and William Harvey Hospital (WHH), Ashford.

Padua is the children’s ward at WHH and Rainbow is the ward at QEQM, both wards provide inpatient children's services, for example, when children need to stay in hospital overnight for their treatment as well as day assessment areas.

At Kent and Canterbury Hospital, Canterbury, there is a unique Children's Assessment Centre, where children have outpatient appointments or day surgery. The centre also houses the Mary Sheridan Centre for children with special educational needs, physical disabilities and a range of neuro-developmental conditions including epilepsy and Autism.

At Kent and Canterbury Hospital, there is also a Musculoskeletal (MSK) Paediatric Physiotherapy team which provides an Outpatient Physiotherapy Service for children and young people aged 0-16 years. The team are experienced in the assessment and treatment of a range of musculoskeletal, rheumatological and orthopaedic conditions and have access to a gym and hydrotherapy pool.  Common MSK conditions include:

  • Growth-related conditions - e.g. Ogood Schlatters Disease
  • Sports injuries and fractures
  • General muscle and joint aches and pain
  • Orthopaedic conditions of the new born baby including: hips (DDH), feet (talipes) and head/neck (torticollis and plagiocephaly) 

At Buckland Hospital, Dover, children can attend the Children Assessment Unit for outpatient appointments and treatment.

We also provide a range of services in different towns around east Kent for speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and psychiatry.

Children and Young People's Strategy 2019-2024

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