NHS to run a different therapy for children

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A NEW joined-up therapy service for children and young people with difficulties is due to be rolled out across Hampshire.

The new service, which will be delivered by Solent NHS Trust, will help those with physical, occupational and speech and language difficulties.

It is hoped it will be in place by early summer and has been paid for by various clinical commissioning groups in the area, including the Fareham and Gosport and South Eastern Hampshire CCG.

Dr Madeleine Litchfield, from the F&G and SEH CCG, said: ‘We want to help parents and carers to manage the care of their child, helping them to remain the “expert” – the constant – in their ongoing care.

‘This new service means that there is one place to go for timely support, intervention and advice for those aged up to 19 years.

‘There will be a single point of access, and people can self-refer. Applications are triaged following referral, to determine the best way to meet patients’ needs.’