This section provides information about the health professionals and services that support children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND).
Health services are often involved in the initial identification and diagnosis of children and young people’s special educational needs or disabilities. Health professionals such as your GP, health visitor and paediatrician will help you understand the needs of your child and make sure you get the right health support.
In this Health section you will also find services for autism, learning disabilities, mental health and wellbeing, mobility and equipment, sensory impairment, speech and communication, general health, health care and specialised palliative care.
If you are a parent or carer and you are unsure about what to do with your poorly child, use our Little Orange Book to find out whether you need to consult a pharmacist or health visitor, call your GP or phone NHS 111, or dial 999 in an emergency.
Please see this video about the Little Orange Book below:
- Health Services
This list provides a shortcut to various health services available and makes clear how to access them, whether it is by referring yourself, by referring a child or young person or a referral from GP or other health practitioner:
- Immunisation & Vaccines
Vaccines are the most effective way to prevent infectious diseases. They not only protect your child but also protect you as a parent. Vaccines stop diseases from spreading to people who cannot have vaccines. Whilst some vaccines can cause mild side effects, these will not last long – symptoms from a vaccine can make your child feel a bit unwell and possibly have a sore arm for a couple of days.
For information on why vaccinations are safe and important please refer to Why vaccination is safe and important - NHS (www.nhs.uk)
For more information on vaccines that your child should get please refer to NHS vaccinations and when to have them - NHS (www.nhs.uk)
You can discuss your child's vaccine with your health visitor, midwife, GP or school nurse. The following link answers some common questions around vaccines Immunisation - Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (newcastle-hospitals.nhs.uk)
Parenting support and New Parent Advice
If you have any concerns about your child's health, you should discuss these with your GP, midwife or health visitor.
They will be able to advise you on all aspects of care for your child and alleviate any concerns you may have.
The Newcastle 0-19 Service will be able to provide advice and support Health visiting and school health - Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (newcastle-hospitals.nhs.uk)
The community hubs run drop in sessions throughout the year that parents can attend for advice and support. Please contact your local Community Family hub to enquire for dates and times for the next drop in sessions:
Fawdon Children’s Centre, Cairns Way, Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 2SN
Telephone 0191 2115773 Wednesday to Friday 9am to 4.30pm
Byker Sands Centre, 19 Raby Cross, Byker, Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 2FF
Telephone 0191 275 9636 (Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm)
Cowgate Centre, Houghton Avenue Newcastle upon Tyne NE5 3UT
Telephone 0191 2727824 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and Saturday 10am to 2.00pm).
Carnegie Building, Atkinson Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 8XS
Telephone: 0191 226 0754 (Monday to Friday 9 am to 4pm).
Galafield Centre, Newbiggin Lane, Newcastle upon Tyne NE5 1LZ
Telephone 0191 277 7800 (Monday to Thursday 9am to 4:30pm).