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Feeding service

Treating children with eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties

Feeding clinics assess and treat babies and children with eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties.

For some children, these difficulties may be linked to ‘faltering growth’. This means that these children are not growing at the rate you would normally expect compared with others of the same age.

We run three specialist clinics:

  • videofluoroscopy clinic – to assess how safely a child is swallowing using an x-ray
  • medical feeding clinic – to see children with complex medical conditions, physical disabilities and delayed feeding skills
  • behavioural feeding clinic – to see children with developmental and behavioural issues around feeding.

Clinics are run by a multidisciplinary team - a range of different professionals working together to assess and treat each child. The specialist team includes:

  • speech and language therapists, who specialise in eating and drinking difficulties
  • dietitians
  • neurodisability specialists
  • paediatric neurologists
  • occupational therapists, and
  • psychologists.

We also work with other specialists, for example respiratory and gastroenterology teams, depending on an individual patient’s needs.

We are a regional service and the hospital team works closely with professionals in the community to assess and offer advice on managing complex feeding difficulties.

Contacts

Videofluoroscopy clinic: 020 7188 6232 

Medical feeding clinic: 020 7188 6232
Behavioural feeding clinic: 020 7188 7188, extension 56227

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

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