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Dingley Child Development Centre

The Dingley Child Development Centre brings together a team of specialists who assess and treat children and young people who need help to overcome a developmental issue or a complex illness.

Services Provided

  • Physiotherapy
  • Newborn hearing services
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech and Language therapy
  • Paediatric Psychology
  • Wheelchair services
  • Dermatology
  • Orthotics
  • Genetics
  • Community midwifery
  • BCG vaccines
  • Continence
  • Specialist consultant clinics (including neuro disability and epilepsy)

If Your Child Has An Appointment Here 

Please do not attend if you or your child has had or has been in contact with chickenpox, diarrhoea and/or vomiting, Covid-19 or any other infectious diseases.

If you need the help of an interpreter (foreign language and BSL signers), they will attend the appointment via a video link. Please call and arrange any of these services, if required, at least 48 hours before the appointment.

Please don't hesitate to call ahead of your appointment if you require any further assistance or advice.

Getting Here

The Centre is based at Erlegh House, Earley Gate, Whiteknights Road, University of Reading Campus, Reading RG6 6BZ.

There is free parking outside the Dingley Child Development Centre including a number of disabled spaces.

What to expect on arrival

Please ring the doorbell and a member of staff will let you in.

As above, you will be welcomed by one of our play leaders or Healthcare assistants who will record your child’s height and weight.

To ensure patients, visitors and staff are kept safe at all times the staff will be wearing clinical masks and aprons during your consultations.


Appointment self check-in using kiosk and mobile app

We are providing alternative ways for patients to check-in to their appointments:

  • You can now check in for your Paediatric appointment at the Dingley site by using your mobile phone.

    Download and setup the app before you arrive. When you arrive on site open the app to check-in for your appointment.

    Refer to How to check in on your phone for more information.

  • You can also use the kiosk in the Dingley reception waiting area to check-in for your appointment as well as review and update contact information.

What do I need to bring?

  • If your child is under five years old, bring their red book with you.
  • Baby feeds, nappies and other essentials.
  • Snacks or drinks, especially if your child has a special diet.
  • Any medication your child is taking.
  • Your child's favourite toy, book or comforter.

Further information

Play team
On your child's visit you may meet a member of the Play Team. Our play leaders help your child during their time in hospital through play and distraction. This can be very helpful for reducing anxiety, and soothing when an uncomfortable test may be needed.

Delays
Departments can be very busy, and if this is the case, appointment times may run late. Please speak to a member of staff who will be able to keep you up to date with any delays.

Sometimes it may seem as though others are being called in before you, but this is likely due to due to the nature of other visits.

Facilities

On-Site

  • Disabled toilets and changing areas with a hoist if required.
  • Children’s play area (currently closed due to COVID restrictions)

Facilities nearby

Café/refreshments

  • The One café can be found in the Enterprise Building - next door to the Dingley Child development centre.
  • There are additional facilities and walks on the University campus.
  • Tesco and Coop in the central area of the campus.
    Parking.

Strike Action

Our Trust will be impacted by Royal College of Nursing strike action on 15 and 20 December. We are working to ensure minimal disruption and will contact patients directly if we have to cancel appointments. 

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