This page explains what you and your child can expect at your clinical psychology appointment.
How do I get an appointment?
You and your child will usually be referred to the children’s psychology service by a consultant at Evelina London Children’s Hospital.
Changing or cancelling your appointment
If you need to change or cancel your child’s appointment for any reason, please contact the children’s psychology coordinator.
Tel: 020 7188 4640.
Please tell us as soon as possible so we can offer the appointment to another patient.
Before your appointment
Before your child’s first appointment, a member of the psychology team will get in touch with you to discuss what you may need to bring to the appointment.
It is usually helpful to bring your child’s red book (personal child health record) to the appointment.
During your appointment
At the first appointment, you and your child will meet with at least one experienced, qualified clinical psychologist. There will often be another member of the psychology team jointly involved in the first meeting with the family.
At this appointment, the psychologist will talk to you and your child about your situation, including family life, school, medical care, and any difficulties your child is experiencing in these areas. We will work with you and your child to develop a plan for how we could be most helpful.
Most appointments last for about an hour. However, we can be flexible depending upon the needs of the family.
There will be an opportunity for you and your child to speak to the psychologist separately if this is felt to be helpful by your child and/or family members.
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
At the end of the appointment, we will agree with you and your child what would be most helpful in terms of follow up.
We will write to your child’s GP or the referring doctor to let them know the outcome of the appointment. We will send a copy of this letter to you and any other professionals involved in your child’s care.
This letter will contain contact details in case you have any questions.