Physiotherapy (community) referrals

Inclusion criteria

  • Children with motor difficulties or ongoing orthopaedic conditions that impact on their function and participation in the community (e.g. children with neurological/neuromuscular conditions or developmental delay).
  • Children with abnormal gait patterns.
  • Babies with orthopaedic conditions (e.g. positional talipes, torticollis, erbs palsy, head turn preference/head shape abnormalities).

Exclusion Criteria

  • Children over the age of 8 whose primary presenting problem is musculoskeletal in nature (e.g. back pain or knee pain in the absence of developmental difficulties). For more information please see Evelina London outpatient community and King's College physiotherapy.
  • Children presenting with respiratory disorders requiring “chest” physiotherapy. For more information please  see Evelina London outpatient community and King's College physiotherapy.
  • Children presenting with general health and fitness concerns (e.g. obesity)
  • Lower limb normal variants and structural concerns (e.g. bow legs, non-painful flat feet, congenital deformities, in toeing).

For more information and normal variants please see Guy's and St Thomas' podiatry.

Referrals to King’s College and Evelina London are based on postcode

King’s College: Child lives in SE5, SE15, SE17, SE19, SE20
Send referral via nhs.net to: kch.therapyreferrals@nhs.net

Evelina London: Child lives in SE1, SE11, SE16, or SW postcode.
Send referral via nhs.net to: gst-tr.evelinahospitalphysio@nhs.net

Who can refer

Referrals are accepted from health professionals (health visitors, GPs etc) or school staff. You should carry out an assessment of the child's physical difficulties and provide us with information about them in your referral, including any difficulties that cause problems with function.

Children must be registered with a GP in Southwark or Lambeth in order for us to accept the referral. If a child is registered with a Lambeth or Southwark GP, but goes school out of the borough, we will provide the initial assessment at one of our centres. Although we are unable to work directly with the school we will send them our recommendations and advice.

Parents and carers can self-refer their child if they have previously been known to the service.

How to make a referral

Please download and fill in the referral form (PDF 225Kb) and then email it to: gst-tr.evelinacommunityreferrals@nhs.net.

Referral contact

Lambeth referrals

Children's Physiotherapy
Mary Sheridan Centre
5 Duggard Way
(off Renfrew Road)
London SE11 4TH 
Tel: 020 3049 6006

Southwark referrals

Children's Physiotherapy
Sunshine House
27 Peckham Road
London SE5 8UH
Tel: 020 3049 8181

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