Your child's appointment with the brain and spine inflammation service

This page explains what you and your child can expect at your brain and spine inflammation appointment.

For information about getting or making a referral to see our team, please visit our referrals page.

How do I get an appointment?

Your child must have a referral from their GP, hospital doctor at Evelina London Children’s Hospital, or by another consultant in south London and south east England.

Changing or cancelling your appointment

If you need to change or cancel your child’s appointment for any reason, please call the appointments office on 020 7188 4000 or email

Please tell us as soon as possible so we can offer the appointment to another patient.

Before your appointment

Although you do not need to bring anything specific to your child’s appointment, it is always helpful to bring along your child’s red book (personal child health record) and a list of any medication that your child is taking.

There will be time during the appointment to discuss any questions you have about your child’s condition, so it may be helpful to write a list of questions before the appointment.

Before your appointment, we will receive all your child’s clinical details and scans from the referring doctor. These will be reviewed at our specialist team meeting.

During your appointment

Your appointment will last about one hour.

You and your child will see a member of our specialist team who will review your child’s condition and discuss a detailed plan for managing the condition.

There will be plenty of time during the appointment to discuss any questions you may have about your child’s condition.

Another member of our team, such as an occupational therapist or neuropsychologist, may also make an assessment of your child to help us build a detailed picture of their condition.

As we are a teaching hospital, students and visitors may be observing the team. We will always ask your permission for them to observe your appointment.

After your appointment

We will write to the referring doctor to explain our assessment of your child and our suggested plan for managing their condition. We will send a copy of this letter to you, your GP and any other clinicians or healthcare professionals involved in your child’s care. 

The letter will have a contact number if you have any questions.


For appointment queries, contact the appointments office.

Tel: 020 7188 4000


How to find us

Children’s Neurosciences Centre (Newcomen Centre)
1st floor, South Wing
St Thomas' Hospital
Westminster Bridge Road
London SE1 7EH

Map of First Floor, South Wing, St Thomas' Hospital (PDF 219Kb)