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Wandsworth Community Feeding Service

This service is for children and young people from 0 to 11 years who have difficulty eating, drinking, or swallowing, or have significantly restricted diets/feeding aversions.  There are two pathways within the Wandsworth Feeding Service.  Some children might be on both pathways depending on their needs.  See below for more information on these pathways.

Pathway 1 is for children who have difficulty eating, drinking, or swallowing. 

There may be concerns about the safety of these children when they eat or drink, the development of their motor skills related to feeding, or their ability to eat enough food to grow.

This service offers access for children between 0-11 years to a Speech and Language Therapist who will assess the child’s eating and drinking skills, make recommendations to help with the child’s eating and drinking skills, and support the family and other carers to understand and put these in place.  The Speech and Language Therapist will also communicate with relevant team members in order to better support the child.  Depending on the child’s needs the team offers support across various sites, including the Earlsfield Early Years Centre, Queen Mary’s Hospital, homes, schools and nurseries. Children must be under the care of a GP in the Borough of Wandsworth.

Who to contact: phone number: 020 8947 9025

Parent organisation: St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Pathway 2 –For children who have significantly restricted diets and feeding aversions

This pathway is for children and young people from 0 to 11 years who find it difficult to eat, have a limited range of food types or textures, or are struggling to grow.  This pathway is not appropriate for children with eating disorders (e.g., Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia, etc.)  The team supports children who have a GP in the Borough of Wandsworth.

The service offers access to:

  • Clinical Psychology – to explore and offer support around difficult behaviour patterns relating to feeding
  • Dietetics – to look at the child’s growth and nutrition
  • Occupational Therapy – to think about any sensory needs, as well as the equipment used at mealtimes
  • Speech and Language Therapy – to help keep the child safe, and develop oromotor movements for eating

Depending on the child’s needs they may have access to clinic sessions, parent workshops, group sessions, and written information/resources.  The team offers support across various sites, including the Early Years Centre (1 Siward Road, Earlsfield, London, SW17 0LA) and West Hill Enhanced Children's Centre (West Hill School, 5 Merton Road, London SW18 5ST).

Who to contact:

Phone number: 020 8947 9025

Parent organisation: St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 

Both pathways

Where to go:

The Early Years Centre

1 Siward Road, Earlsfield, SW17 0LA

How to refer:

Please contact us, using the attached referral form, including information about concerns with the safety of the child’s eating and drinking, the number of foods the child eats and their weight.   Please email using the email address on the phone, or post the referral form to the Early Years Centre.

Who to contact

Telephone
E-mail
stgh-tr.wandscomfeedingservice@nhs.net
Website
https://www.stgeorges.nhs.uk/

Where to go

Name
Early Years Centre
Address
1, Siward Road
London
Postcode
SW17 0LA
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Availability

Referral required
Yes
Referral Details

Please contact us, using the attached referral form, including information about concerns with the safety of the child’s eating and drinking, the number of foods the child eats and their weight.   Please email using the email address on the phone, or post the referral form to the Early Years Centre.

Local Offer

Description

What is Wandsworth’s Local Offer ?

To use this service you or your child or young person will need to be:

  • Under the care of a GP in the Borough of Wandsworth
  • Between 0-11 years of age
  • Not otherwise in a specialist provision
  • Referred by your doctor or other health practitioner or professional using the Wandsworth Community Feeding Service Referral form, sent to the Early Years Centre.  This needs to include information about concerns with the safety of your or your child’s eating and drinking, the number of foods you or your child eats and your or your child's weight. 

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Last updated: 23 Aug 2019

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