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Paediatrics – Community

Updated 15 October 2021

This page is primarily aimed at health, education and social care professionals as it hosts information about the referral process and referral forms.

It may expand its role in the future to provide more information to the general public, although it is expected that in general, the Dorset Family Information Directory will host information that is relevant to service users.​

An update on Dr Yap's Special School Clinics (Westfield, Wyvern, Mountjoy) is available here.


We are part of the Pan-Dorset Development and Behaviour Pathway, which was launched in September 2018. You can read more about this on the Dorset CCG website here.​

​The links below give the details including the expectations prior to a referral being considered. It is expected that the guidance in these documents are followed prior to considering a referral for neurodevelopmental assessment.

The completed referral form should be scanned and emailed to paedneuro@dchft.nhs.uk
This email address is monitored regularly for incoming referrals. However if necessary we can still accept paper referrals, addressed to:

Consultant Community Paediatrician
Developmental and Behavioural Pathway Referral
The Children’s Centre
Damers Road

However, we ask that the paper route is used only if it is not possible to scan-in and email the referral to us.

As far as the actual referral process into paediatrics for neurodevelopmental assessment goes, please use the referral forms below:​

It is possible that there may be a small number of situations which do not neatly fit into this Pan Dorset Pathway, where it may be more appropriate for the GP to make the referral instead. Referrers should contact the department for advise if unsure. 

Referrals for ASD/Asperger assessments for young adults aged 18 years and above should be sent to the Pan-Dorset Community Adult Asperger Service.
If the young adult has a learning disability then it is normally expected that the Adult Learning Disability Service would do the assessment in the first instance.​ 

To request a statutory paediatric medical report in relation to the Education Health and Social Care (EHC) Plan please use the email address below. This is only for paediatric reports. For reports from other specialists, please request them the usual way. Inappropriate requests will be deleted or returned to the sender. Email encryption is already set-up for email communication between the main Dorset agencies (check with your IT department if you are not sure).

It may be helpful to include further information in the form of questionnaires. Some of the commonly used ones are:

There are other questionnaires we use, not all can be provided here, and these will be issued as necessary.​

Contacting us

01305 255206 (Carly Shaw - Paediatric Admin Team Leader and Secretary to Dr Verling, Dr Newman and Nicky Moore)

01305 254703 (Helen Hamilton - Secretary to Dr Yap and Dr Tarabishi)

01305 253730 (Jill Rubrecht - Secretary to Dr D’Arrigo)

01305 254705 (Abi Macfarlane - ASD Co-ordinator and secretary to Dr Siafaka)

01305 253332 (Karen Hawkes - Secretary to Dr Mancais and Dr Daniel)

01305 254707 (Jan Robbins - Secretary to Dr Hanna)   

01305 254739 (Children’s Centre Reception)


Can we do better?

If there is any feedback you would like to give about this page, e.g. about the content and the referral forms, please let us know.