We hold clinics at the Children’s Neurosciences Centre (Newcomen Centre), based at St Thomas' Hospital, and Evelina London. Information about where each of our clinics is held can be found on the stroke clinics page.
How do I get an appointment?
You must have a referral from doctor, or have been admitted to Evelina London Children’s Hospital following a stroke.
Changing or cancelling your appointment
If you need to change or cancel your child’s appointment for any reason, please call the appointments line on 020 7188 4000.
Please tell us as soon as possible so we can offer the appointment to another patient.
Before your appointment
Please bring along any recent letters from doctors or therapists involved in your child’s care. It is also helpful to bring along your child’s red book (personal child health record) and a list of any medication that your child is taking.
If your child is coming for an assessment by the occupational therapist, please bring clothing such as a t-shirt and shorts to make the assessment easier and more comfortable.
During your appointment
We run several stroke clinics, details of which can be found on our clinics page. Your appointment letter will tell you which clinic your child will be going to.
You may see a neurologist and/or an occupational therapist at the appointment.
You will also see someone who works in child stroke support who can provide information and advice on a range of useful services specific to your needs.
Appointments normally last between 30 minutes and one hour (but can last as long as two hours), depending on each child’s condition and needs, and which clinic you will be attending.
At the appointment, we will talk to you and your child about their health and any concerns you may have. We will also assess your child’s condition by observing their movement and responses during various activities. We may discuss how your child is managing at school and getting on with other children, and leisure activities.
We may also talk to you about working together with clinicians in your local area to support your child's recovery.
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, your child will either be given a further appointment or discharged back to your referring doctor.
If we need to see your child again, we will either arrange a follow-up appointment before you leave the clinic, or we will send you an appointment letter by post.
We will write to the referring doctor to explain what happened at the appointment and what will happen next. 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.