Kid’s Drop In Clinic

Health. A visiting children’s clinic will be open at Smithton District Hospital next month, offering parents an opportunity to discuss any concerns with a health professional.

The Department of Health and Human Services initiative sees five health professionals travel to Smithton from the North West Regional Hospital and other health practices to offer advice to parents who have concerns about their child’s development.

Parents of children aged 18 and under can speak to a physiotherapist, podiatrist, and autism spectrum disorder support worker.

For parents of children five years and younger, a speech pathologist and child psychologist are also available.

The Kid’s Drop In Clinic will be open on Thursday May 21 at Smithton District Hospital’s Community Room, from 1 to 2.30pm.

North West Regional Hospital senior paediatric physiotherapist Angie Diffley said the service is an informal way of speaking to a professional, without the need for a referral from a general practitioner.

“The idea is just to drop in; call in during those times,” she said.

“It’s for those niggling concerns you might have – should I worry or should I not? It doesn’t matter if you think it’s silly or not, we’re more than happy to check it out.”

For more information phone North West Regional Hospital on 6430 6608.

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