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The Child Development and Neurodisability Service (Community Paediatrics) is based at the Child Development Centre (CDC) in Woodlands Centre, Hillingdon Hospital site.

Our Community Paediatrician Team works with children who have complex needs, disabilities or long-term conditions, enabling them to achieve their maximum potential.

Community paediatricians are specialist trained children’s doctors with expertise in child development disability, general paediatrics (including child protection), educational and public health for children.

The team are highly-skilled clinicians who lead in the following areas for Hillingdon:

  • Designated Doctor and Named Doctor for Child Protection
  • Medical Officer for Adoption and Fostering for Children in Care and Designated Doctors for Looked After Children (LAC)
  • Immunisation Advisor
  • Medical Advisor for Education

This service is for children and young people up to their 18th birthday and up to 19 if the child attends special educational needs school.

Patients need to be registered with a Hillingdon GP or a resident in the London Borough of Hillingdon and registered with a Berkshire East, Buckinghamshire, Harrow, Hounslow or West Hertfordshire GP.

Other Hillingdon residents who are registered with an out of borough GP must be referred to the local Community Diagnostic Centre from that GP.

We can help patinets with the following conditions: 

  • A child or young adult who had a difficult perinatal period where intervention (e.g. Was looked after by the Special Care Bababy Unit) was required and there are on-going medical or developmental concerns.
  • Evolving picture of developmental difficulties and significant delay in their development
  • Having a recognised syndrome or genetic disorder likely to have an adverse effect on learning and development e.g. Neurofibromatosis Type 1 (NF1)
  • Social communication difficulties e.g. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Children will be discharged after the assessment completed if they do not have any neuro developmental medical problems which require treatments ( e.g. sleep problem and epilepsy)

A detailed list of conditions we provide assessment, diagnosis, management and treatment for:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Developmental coordination disorder
  • Learning difficulties
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • High risk pre-term infants
  • Down's Syndrome and other syndromes and chromosomal disorders with complex neurodevelopmental difficulties
  • Complex epilepsy in children with special needs
  • Neuromuscular conditions.
  • Children undergoing an assessment of their special educational needs, where it provides medical information to support their assessment
  • Children with neurodevelopmental concerns such as social and communication difficulties, autistic spectrum disorder (ASD), developmental delay, or motor coordination difficulties
  • Babies who are at high risk of neurodevelopmental disorders, transferred by the neonatal team
  • Looked-after children as part of the statutory requirement for all children in care
  • Safeguarding and child protection medicals (9am to 4.30pm)
  • Medical advice to the Adoption and Fostering Panel

Referrals can be made by Paediatricians, GP’s, child focused professionals (e.g. Health visitors, school nurses, therapists, CAMHS), Early Years Inclusion Team and a school's Special Educational Needs Coordinator.

Referrals to the Community Diagnostic Centre (CDC) are made using the referral criteria and CDC referral form (click here to open). 

Incomplete referral forms or insufficient information will be returned to the referrer and will delay the assessment process for the child

Our Address is:

Woodland Centre (please use side entrance)

Hillingdon Hospital

Pield Heath Road



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U1, U2, U3, U4, U5 and U7 (Hillingdon Hospital entrance), U1, U3, and U5 (Colham Green Road) West Drayton (nearest to furthest); Uxbridge station (Metropolitan and Piccadilly lines)

The Riverside and Woodlands Centre is situated to the south of Hillingdon town centre on the Hillingdon Hospital site. The centres are located off the hospital access road and can be accessed from the Main Hospital Entrances on Colham Green Road and Royal Lane.

Standard and Blue Badge parking is located adjacent to the Riverside and Woodlands Centre.



Services are available from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, excluding bank holidays (appointments only).


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If you need help in a crisis, please do the following

  • Contact the CNWL service looking after you during their office hours
  • If the crisis is during when your service is closed, there are alternative options provided by the NHS found on this page.
  • If you are not already being looked after by CNWL or elsewhere within the NHS, see your GP during normal working hours as they can then refer you to a local service.

Find your closest GP on NHS Choices.