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CHEERS (Paediatric Rheumatology)

Children's Services (Paediatrics)

The paediatric rheumatology team provide the best possible evidence based care for all children and young people with rheumatological conditions.

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Our goal is for the child and young person to be able to fulfil their potential in all areas of growth and development, without any restriction associated with their condition. Care is therefore tailored to the individual needs of the child and family and delivered as close to home as is practical and safe. We will see children and young people up to the age of 16 years with all the conditions listed in the National Service Specification for paediatric rheumatology. Young people from 16 to 18 years who need ongoing rheumatology care will be transitioned to the adult service at a time which is best for them.

Clinics are held in Clinic 6 or in the Child Development Centre throughout the week. Outreach clinics are held in Norwich, Great Yarmouth, Kings Lynn, Ipswich, Basildon, Colchester, Harlow.

The paediatric rheumatology team provide the best possible evidence based care for all children and young people with rheumatological conditions. Our goal is for the child and young person to be able to fulfil their potential in all areas of growth and development, without any restriction associated with their condition. Care is therefore tailored to the individual needs of the child and family and delivered as close to home as is practical and safe.

We will see children and young people up to the age of 16 years with all the conditions listed in the National Service Specification for paediatric rheumatology. Young people from 16 to 18 years who need ongoing rheumatology care will be transitioned to the adult service at a time which is best for them. 

In collaboration with Norwich and other networked centres around the region we aim to provide a child, young person and family centred service, and treatment is tailored to this end. We promote young people’s confidence and independence and have raised charitable funding to run yearly ‘independence break’ weekends for high school age young people in a safe but physically challenging environment to foster a ‘can do’ attitude. We also work with National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS) to provide Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) family ‘fun days’ in the East of England, providing education around the conditions and promoting and facilitating peer support.

Referrals

To make a referral to the Rheumatology department please email add-tr.paedrheumatology@nhs.net or post to Paediatric Rheumatology Secretary, Box 267, Children’s Services, Addenbrooke’s, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 0QQ

GP’s can also use the Advice & Guidance service via the eReferral system for Paediatric Rheumatology.