These services are available to all residents of Sandwell and do not need a referral.
- GPs - the first point of contact for any general health concerns.
- Health visiting - registered nurses/midwives who offer support to parents and carers with children until they start school at age 5 years.
- School nursing - promotes and supports the health and wellbeing of all school-aged children
- Healthy Sandwell, Healthy You - free help and support to make your life healthier and happier
- Sexual health services - free and confidential emergency contraception, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections and information about sexual health. The Family Planning Association has some useful resources about sexual health and people with learning disabilities
- Wellbeing Hub - information about a range of health and wellbeing services in Sandwell
- Clinical waste - a domestic clinical waste collection and disposal service in partnership with Sandwell Council
For a full list of NHS services, go to NHS choices.
Targeted / Specialist
These services require a referral from another agency (e.g. GP). Referrals to children's therapies must come from parents.
Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospital Trust
Community children’s services at Sandwell are integrated with the acute paediatric services at Sandwell Hospital. Services for the health assessment and management of children with a disability in Sandwell are under the guidance of:
- Community pediatricians who undertake outreach clinics in Tipton, The Lyng Centre in West Bromwich, The Child Development Centre and in special schools. Two consultants undertake the role of Designated Medical Officer (DMO) for the statutory SEND assessment process for children and young people requiring an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) These are Dr. Dilip Gandhi for children and young people aged under 16 and Dr Rajesh Pandey for young people aged 16 and over.
- Children’s therapies - Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Speech and Language Therapy
- Orthotics services - provide a range of braces and splints to help support, align and protect different parts of the body
- Community children’s nursing team - outreach work for children in the community as well as providing nursing support in special schools
- Audiology services (including a clinic set aside for children with special needs)
- Visual impairment services (based at The Birmingham Midland Eye Centre at City Hospital)
- Paediatric dietetics - nutritional support for children both in hospital and the community
Other services as well as contact details for clinics and hospitals can be found on the Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals Trust website
Black Country Partnership NHS Trust
The majority of mental health services in Sandwell including Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) are provided by the Black Country Partnership NHS Trust. It provides a variety of services to support the wellbeing of people of all ages with mental health problems. Click below for details of:
- Sandwell Specialist CAMHS Service
- Sandwell CAMHS Crisis Assessment and Intervention Team (CAIT)
- A Black Country CAMHS website that has been designed and developed by young people has just been produced. Click here to access this website.
BEAM Sandwell is a new emotional health service run by The Children's Society in partnership with a number of other agencies for young people aged up to 18 (or up to 25 for care leavers) living in the Sandwell area. The service offers advice, signposting and support with any low level concerns relating to emotional health and wellbeing. It provides advice and guidance particularly in the areas of anxiety, anger, family difficulties, mood management and self-esteem. However, clinical assessments, structured therapy, counselling sessions and family therapy will not be available.
There are a number of drop-in sessions across the borough (no need to book - just turn up):
- Monday 1.00 - 4.30pm, Community Link, Cradley Heath, B64 5AH
- Tuesday 2.00 - 5.00 pm, Langley Park Lodge, Oldbury, B69 4SL
- Wednesday 2.00 - 6.00, 'The Mezz', Hawthorn's House, Smethwick, B66 1EL
For more details click here for an information leaflet, follow the service on Twitter - @BeamSandwell or email on AskBeam@childrenssociety.org.uk
Kooth is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and free at the point of use. For more information about Kooth click here