to NICU Developmental Therapists
Inpatient Neurodevelopmental Assessment and Intervention
|Reviewed by Clinical Practice
- Designated time for this service is Thursday
morning each week with capacity to respond to urgent referrals within 48
hours as necessary.
- Referrals are accepted by phone call or for a faxed internal referral
- A developmental assessment and intervention service is
provided by an occupational therapist and physiotherapist for infants who
meet the following criteria:
- Less than 1000g birthweight
These referrals are automatic via FLN
|The following four criteria are via medical team
- Infants with clearly defined special needs
e.g. neuromuscular disease and chromosomal abnormalities
- Infants having suffered perinatal asphyxia
- Preterm infants with extra risk factors
grade IV IVH, PVL, difficult or complex course
- Long stay infants e.g. 3 months or more with
- This service may apply to infants described in the
"expected" and "at risk" groups outlined in the Community
Child Development Service guideline.
- Other specific interventions such as splinting or
strapping with known diagnoses will occur following discussion with the
- If a child who has been seen by the developmental therapists, requires an
outpatient referral to Community Child Development Services, the
developmental therapists will liaise with the appropriate agency and will
complete the appropriate referral.
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