Children's medical services

Children’s medical services cater to children and young people with developmental and learning problems.

Find out more about the service including information on how to refer.

Service overview

Children's Medical Services are a team of doctors who offer community-based services to children, young people and their families in Croydon, especially for those with developmental and learning problems.

Children are seen in various settings including at home, in Child Development Centres, community health centres, schools, Children’s Centres and at hospital. We aim to see referrals within 6 weeks, though much quicker if there are any child protection concerns.

We work closely with others in the community including speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and physiotherapy, as well as health visitors, school nurses, psychology and psychiatry. We work in partnership with schools, social services, housing and the voluntary sector.

We assess and manage children with special needs and complex neuro developmental disorders including cerebral palsy, developmental delay, autism, epilepsy, ADHD, learning difficulties and behaviour problems.

We have expertise in assessing children for educational purposes and safeguarding children, including child protection and liaison with adoption and fostering services.

Our team offers immunisation advice to professional carers, nurses and special immunisation clinics.

 We treat

  • Neurodevelopment assessment of children with complex medical history
  • Autism – joint assessment with a speech and language therapist and psychologist and diagnosis for under 5 years
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder – under 5 years, behavioural assessment and advice
  • Cerebral palsy – motor disorder clinic; joint clinic with physiotherapist
  • Epilepsy – assessment and management of epilepsy in children with learning difficulties
  • Adoption & Fostering & Looked After Children are referred via Social Services for assessment and medical advice
  • Educational assessment, early years notification via the Children’s Coordinating Team to local authorities
  • Low birth weight surveillance clinics
  • Special immunisation clinic – anaphylaxis and other allergic reactions and adverse events
  • Child protection from sexual and other forms of abuse

 How to refer


Tel - 020 8401 3982

 Contact information

Tel - 020 8401 3982 and press option 1.

Email - 

Children’s medical services (administrative centre)

Croydon Health Services

12-18 Lennard Road





Dr Ide Ojo - Community Consultant Paediatrician

Dr Shade Alu – Community Consultant Paediatrician

Dr Gillian Brock – Community Consultant Paediatrician

Dr Joy Okpala – Community Consultant  Paediatrician

Dr Frances Akah – Community Associate Specialist

Dr Ian Johnston – Community Speciality Doctor  

Dr Sonja Schick – Community Speciality Doctor  



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