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Children’s Outpatients

If you have any queries about your child’s appointment please contact us on 0151 604 7039.

The Children's Outpatient Department is open as follows:

Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm.
Adolescent clinics are held from 3:30pm to 6:00pm.

We run child outpatient clinics at our four hospital sites. These are:

Specialist Nurse Clinics:

 

Asthma

The Paediatric Respiratory Nurse Specialist (asthma and allergy) supports and educates children and families with asthma and allergy by acting as a link between the child’s hospital, school and primary care. 

A nurse led asthma clinic is held every Monday with an allergy clinic on Thursday. The aim of the asthma clinic is to enable you to get the maximum benefit from your current asthma treatment so that you can enjoy all of your favourite activities without asthma symptoms getting in the way. The aim of the allergy clinic is to firstly diagnose the allergen and ensure the appropriate management plan is provided for the parent /carer and schools supported.

When you start going to high school we try to see you for your asthma reviews after school hours so that your education is interrupted as little as possible. Adolescent clinics run on the second Thursday of every month and appointments start from 4:00pm. You will find that this clinic is much quieter and the clinic will be focussed on your needs as a maturing individual. Questions will be directed to you and you will be encouraged to take more responsibility for your asthma, to prepare you for managing your asthma needs on your own when you are an adult.

The questions we are likely to ask are based around you and your asthma control, such as how much of your blue inhaler you require each week, what medications you are currently taking, how you use your inhalers, if you have missed school because of your asthma and how much asthma affects your daily activities. It is really helpful if you can make a note of these things so that you are able to answer the questions accurately when you are in clinic. We will also be taking measurements of your height and lung function.

You will be reviewed in the adolescent asthma clinic until you are about 16 years old and then, depending on the severity of your asthma, you will either be discharged from our care back to your own GP or you will be transferred to the adult respiratory team. If you need to meet the adult respiratory nurse specialist, we can arrange this for you.

 

 

Chronic Lung Disease

The service provides care to babies, children and their families, who require oxygen therapy at home.

Oxygen saturation studies are undertaken at home for children presenting symptoms of obstructive sleep apnoea.

Cystic Fibrosis

The Children’s Cystic Fibrosis Specialist Nurse works closely with children and their families/carers, which covers nursing management, support and education.

Diabetes

The Paediatric Diabetes Specialist Nurse has knowledge in the management of children and young people with Diabetes.

From diagnosis they provide home stabilisation that consists of twice daily home visits providing support and education until the family feels confident.

The specialist nurses provides education to nurseries and schools to educate staff regarding the care and support required for the children with diabetes. Education sessions are also provided for Nursing and Medical Staff.

Adolescent clinic is held on a Monday afternoon in the main hospital outpatients department between 1:50pm and 5:00pm.

At 11 years of age which coincides with your move to secondary school this service moves with you to clinic 4 in the main adult outpatient department at Arrowe Park Hospital.

Epilepsy

The children's epilepsy nurse specialist supports families of children with epilepsy by acting as a link between hospital, school and home.

If your child has a seizure or other episode of collapse, he/she may be seen first in clinic by the epilepsy nurse who may arrange further investigations before arranging for an appointment with the consultant. If there is some uncertainty about the diagnosis, parents will be asked to video their child's episodes to help us come to a conclusion.

If your child receives a diagnosis of epilepsy, his/her care will be shared by the nurse and the consultant. Many issues can be dealt with quickly by telephone, so that unnecessary clinic appointments can be avoided. The epilepsy nurse has close links with all the schools and nurseries on the Wirral and provides training for the teaching staff on a regular basis.

Epilepsy clinics are held at Arrowe Park Hospital and Victoria Central Health Centre in some of the local special needs schools.

Once your child reaches adolescence they will be seen in the adolescent clinic which is held once a month on a Thursday between 3:45pm and 6:00pm at Arrowe Park. At this clinic we can address more adult issues such as driving, further education and careers. You will still be welcome to come into clinic with your child but if they wish to see us on their own we would encourage this independence.

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