Learning disability health check
Anyone aged 14 or over who's on their GPs learning disability register can have a free learning disability health check once a year.
You can ask to go on this register if you think you have a learning disability. You do not need to be diagnosed with a learning disability to be on the register. The learning disability register is different from the register of social care needs managed by local councils.
More information is available on the NHS website.
Child health clinics
Information about child health clinics in Derby is available on the NHS Derbyshire Healthcare website. Please bring your child's red book with you when you attend.
Derbyshire Heathcare Trust has a helpful website with lots of information on early years health.
Community Dental Services
Community Dental Services provide a full range of NHS dental care for adults and children with additional needs and those from vulnerable groups. This service is led by a specialist dentist, and all staff are experienced in working with those who are anxious or require additional support for their dental care.
For more information, visit the Community Dental Services website.
NHS 111 can help you if you have an urgent medical problem and you are not sure what to do.
Get help online or by telephone
To get help from NHS 111 you can
- go to 111.nhs.uk
- call 111
The service is also available by textphone and BSL interpreter relay service. Information about alternative formats can be found on their website.
Easy read guides for health
Easy Health provides information to support people with a disability to understand the health services. You can visit the Easy Health website to read available guides.
As a parent, you may not like seeing your baby or child being given an injection however vaccination will help protect them against a range of serious and potentially fatal diseases. There are three reasons to have your child vaccinated:
- vaccinations are quick, safe and extremely effective
- once your child has been vaccinated against a disease, their body can fight it off better
- if a child is not vaccinated, they're at higher risk of catching and becoming very ill from the illness.
Use the NHS childhood vaccines timeline to ensure your child is safe.
If you have difficulty in finding local health services, you can search the NHS using your postcode to find the service nearest to you, including:
- urgent care
- sexual health
- mental health.
GPs and urgent treatment centres
Your General Practitioners (GPs) surgery or health centre is the first place to visit if you have a health concern. They provide a wide range of family health services including advice on health problems, examinations and treatment, vaccinations, prescriptions for medicines and referrals to other health services and social services.
Urgent treatment centres are a support service for GPs. They can provide a valuable service for unregistered patients or others who have difficulty accessing their own GP services. You do not need an appointment; you can just walk in.
There are two SEND children’s services at the Royal Derby Hospital:
Derby’s NHS Children’s Services offer a full range of services in dedicated child and family friendly environments, including a separate emergency department, family accommodation and the Ronnie MacKeith Centre for children with special and education needs. Their staff are fully trained in paediatrics and work closely with regional expert teams in Nottingham, Birmingham and Leicester.
Children's Community Nursing also known as the Kids In Their Environment (KITE) team, is a team of experienced children’s nurses who provide specialist nursing care and support in the hospital, home and the community. They facilitate the wishes of children with complex care needs to live at home, go to school, spend time with friends and participate in community activities.
Always call 999 if someone is seriously ill or injured and their life is at risk.
Palliative care (end of life care)
Palliative care is the care of patients with advanced, progressive and life-limiting illnesses, both cancer and non-cancer, their carers and families. It includes:
- the management of pain and other symptoms such as psychological, social and spiritual support
- quality of life and living as actively as possible until death
- all health professionals providing care and is available in all clinical settings
- end of life and bereavement care.
Referrals come from the primary care team or GP and are made to the team secretary by telephone.
The Community Palliative Care team is based at the Royal Derby Hospital.
Telephone: 01332 786008
Minicom: 01332 254944
Out of hours support
Macmillan Cancer Support: 0808 808 0000
More information about palliative care in Derby is available on the NHS University Hospitals of Burton and Derby website.