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Hospices and Palliative Care

Palliative care teams support children, young people and their families and help them cope with diagnosis, end of life and bereavement care. Find a local hospice and see the Related Services section for details of local Hospices and Palliative Care provision. 

How to get a wheelchair or scooter

Information on how to get a wheelchair or scooter. 

Integrated Review for 2 year olds

Early Years practitioners and Health Visiting Teams work together to ensure all children have an integrated review at the age of two. When your child reaches two years old, you will be invited to attend a health review carried out by a health professional (usually…

Leisure

A wide range of leisure activities are available locally for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. Use the age tabs or the purple topic areas to find further information.  For the full range of family activities, visit the Activities section on the Family Information…

Living without a diagnosis

Some children and young people have learning impairments and/or health issues but no one can explain the cause. Some conditions are diagnosed at birth but others don’t become obvious until a child is older and sometimes conditions aren’t diagnosed until an individual reaches their teens…

Money Matters - Going into Hospital

Being in hospital can be a difficult experience. Your money and financial affairs may be the last thing on your mind, but if you don't tell certain organisations that you're in hospital, you may have to deal with unpaid bills or other financial difficulties when…

Multi-sensory Impairment

Children and young people with multi-sensory impairment (MSI) have impairments of both sight and hearing. Many children also face other challenges, such as medical conditions or physical disabilities. A very small number of children and young people with MSI are totally blind and deaf, but…

The NHS, Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group and Public Health

People may think the NHS is one organisation responsible for providing health care for everyone in the UK.  In fact, the NHS is made up of lots of different organisations working together to ensure patients’ health needs are met.  The sections below contain further information. 

Ophthalmology (eye services)

Ophthalmology (eye services), provide assessment and treatment of conditions relating to the eyes.  Find an optician near you Find out more about the local Eye Unit and the local Vision Support Service. Find services, activiites and organisations providing support for blind or visually impaired people…