Our specialist doctor and nurses work with children and young people from birth to 21 years of age who have become looked after by the Local Authority whether you live in or out of the area we are here to support you wherever you live.
The Doctor and nurse/s help you to get the best possible health and wellbeing services that you need. The service provides:
Initial Health Assessments when you first come into care
6 monthly health assessments if you are under aged 5 years
Yearly health assessments if you are over 5 years
Individual health advise and support whether you still live at home, live with a foster carer or live in a children’s residential home
Health assessments in a place you want to be seen e.g. home, school, clinic the choice is yours
One to one health discussions if you are worried about your health e.g. healthy eating and weight concerns or how you are feeling
Pregnancy testing and sexual health discussions
Information on your health such as are you up to date with your immunisations, dental checks etc.,
Your health assessment
When you first go into foster care you will be offered a health assessment just to make sure are fit and healthy and plan with your Dr and Nurse what you want to happen. The first appointment can be at a Children Centre or a hospital out patient clinic.
If you are over 5 years of age you will be offered a health assessment every year and if you are under 5 you are offered an appointment every 6 months. One of the looked after children’s nurses will contact you to make arrangements for you to be seen either at home, in school, or in a clinic setting or in a place of your choice.
We will work with you to develop your health care plan so you know what is planned for you.
Confidentiality for looked after children is extremely important. We will listen very carefully to what you tell us. We would only discuss your health issues with someone else if you allow us to do so, or if we think that not doing so would place you at risk of harm.
CONSENT People aged 16 or over are entitled to consent to their own treatment, and this can only be overruled in exceptional circumstances. Like adults, young people (aged 16 or 17) are presumed to have sufficient capacity to decide on their own medical treatment, unless there is significant evidence to suggest otherwise. Children under 16 are presumed to lack capacity but can consent to their own treatment if it is thought that they have enough intelligence competence and understanding to fully appreciate what is involved in their treatment. Otherwise someone with parental responsibility can consent for them.
What if I need to cancel my appointment?
Sometimes we cannot make our appointments with the doctors or nurses and need to cancel and re arrange our appointments. Please let us know at least 48 hours before so we can offer your slot to another person. If you need to cancel your appointment with the looked after children nurse you can ring (01472) 302455 for North East Lincolnshire or (01274) 282282 5863 extension for North Lincolnshire and arrange a new appointment.
What if I need an interpreter?
If You need an interpreter or someone to help you hear such as a sign language expert you, your carer or social worker can request one before your help assessment so you can fully contribute to your health assessment. You can contact the health team on the number below to make any arrangements you need.