Paediatric Occupational Therapy Service - Thetford

Who is the service for?

Provided by Suffolk Community Healthcare (SCH), our occupational therapists (OTs) work as members of an integrated children’s team based in Bury St Edmunds Child Development Centre

The child should have a GP from within one of the two Thetford GPs; Thetford - Grove Surgery, Thetford - School Lane Surgery.

The child/young person will have a long term physical difficulty or complex health need which limits their current or future functional independence and be aged 0-18 years, or 19 years if in a complex needs school, unless the child has coordination difficulties in which case please see the details below.

Our OTs work closely with parents and carers as well as other professionals such as teachers, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, nurses and paediatricians to provide care and support to children and their families in Thetford.


  • Children with Development Coordination Disorder (DCD) are referred by the school Senco and accepted from the start of Reception until end of Year 3 and in Year 7.
  • Children with Social Communication Disorders/ASD may be offered a Multi-disciplinary assessment (MDA), but not an intervention service.
  • School age children with a diagnosis of ASD are not offered a service.

How to contact us?

Main Office: Child Development Centre, Hospital Rd, Bury St. Edmunds IP33 3ND

Monday to Friday, 8.30am-4.30pm Telephone: 01284 775017

Local Office: Kingsway Surestart Centre, Thetford, IP24 3DY - flexible sessions to meet needs of children, Monday to Friday, 9.30am-4pm

How to refer to us?

Referrals are accepted from consultant paediatricians, GPs and physiotherapists following triage, for infants and children aged 0-18 years (19 years if in a special school).  For pre-school children referrals are accepted from health visitors and speech and language therapists.

Please use the paediatric OT referral form and a consultant clinic letter should be attached if the child is complex


When we have completed our intervention for a child /young person we will discharge them from our caseload.  If appropriate they will be placed on a review list and seen again in the future.

How does the service change between children’s services and adult services?

Children may be referred into the adult OT service as they reach 18 or 19 years of age if appropriate.   

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