Community child health


The Community Child Health team at the RD&E is made up of specialist doctors and nurses. We work with children and young people with a range of difficulties and disabilities.

We provide diagnosis, treatment, on-going support and monitoring to children and young people in our care. This involves working in partnership with other professionals, as well as schools and social services.

More on what we do

We carry out work in the following areas:

  • Developmental assessment, investigation and diagnosis in pre-school children.
  • On-going medical management of neurodisability in children and young people up to the age of 18 years (or school leaving age if at special school). Neurodisability includes Down's syndrome, cerebral palsy, sensory impairment, neurofibromatosis, tuberous sclerosis, neuromuscular conditions and other congenital/inherited conditions, where we need to monitor your child's health.
  • Medical input to help assess school age children where there are neurodevelopmental concerns, plus on-going management of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
  • Medical input, as per statutory requirements relating to children in care, safeguarding and special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Our specialist doctors who look after children in the community (community paediatricians) work closely with other health professionals and agencies as part of a large team.

Clinics are held in locations close to the child’s home or school.

We also run special school clinics, which are important for ongoing health surveillance and management of children and young people with complex needs. These clinics make it easier for parents and carers to attend, plus it means the child or young person doesn't have to miss school.

Community paediatricians might also attend Team Around the Child (TAC) meetings or Annual Review meetings, if necessary.

Our team

Lead consultant

  • Dr Helen Brewer

Consultant paediatricians

  • Dr Richard Tomlinson
  • Dr Eleanor Thomas
  • Dr Leighton Phillips
  • Dr Rowan Stanbury

Associate specialists in community paediatrics

  • Dr Jane Dunlop
  • Dr Clare Howard

Clinical nurse specialist

  • Amanda Mills

Clinical health specialist

  • Carl Wratten

Where to find us

RD&E Wonford, Barrack Rd, Exeter EX2 5DW

Department of Community Child Health

We advise arranging with a member of the team before dropping in, as there is not always someone present.

Contact us

If you want to get in touch with the department, please contact:

Telephone: 01392 411611 - ask the operator to put you through to the Community Child Health Department.



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