Michael Palin Centre

How Do I Get Referred?

 

What do I need to do?

Did you know?

... children who stammer need more time to say what they want to say

How Do I Get Referred?

Camden or Islington Residents

If your child is under 5 years he or she will be referred to us through the appropriate Speech and Language Therapy department.

Islington residents  - contact the Early Years Clinical Co-ordinator

(tel: 020 3316 1897)

Camden residents – contact Camden Speech and Language Therapy Service

(tel: 020 3317 2366)        

If your child is aged 5 - 17;11 years you can:

  • ask your child’s speech and language therapist to refer them if they already see a SLT,  OR
  • Self-refer by writing to:

Administrator,

The Michael Palin Centre

13-15 Pine Street,

London EC1R 0JG.

Email:  mailto:mpc.admin@nhs.net

You must provide your child’s name, date of birth, address, NHS number and the name and address of your child’s GP.

If you are aged 18 years or over you can:

  • Ask your GP to refer you, OR
  • Self-refer by writing the Administrator, as above.

You must provide your name, date of birth, address, NHS number and the name and address of your GP.

 Other residents

  • If your child already sees a speech and language therapist (SLT), talk about it with them first and ask them to make the referral.
  • If your child does not already see a SLT contact your local SLT service and ask for an appointment. Your local service may have a service for children who stammer and be able to give you the help you need. If they do not have a service for children or young people of your child’s age you can ask your GP to make the referral.
  • If you are 18 years or over discuss it with your GP. Adults who live outside Camden or Islington can be referred to the centre by their GP however the GP needs to agree to pay for this at the time of making the referral.

What happens next?

NHS Islington or NHS Camden Residents

  • You will receive an acknowledgement letter so that you know you are on the waiting list.
  • When you reach the top of the waiting list you will receive a letter asking you to contact us. If you do not contact us you will be discharged.
  • When you contact us we will arrange your initial appointment, which will be conducted by telephone. You will be able to tell a therapist about your concerns and decide together whether you need to bring your child in to the Centre for a full assessment.

Other  UK Residents

  • You will receive an acknowledgement letter so that you know you are on the waiting list.
  • The person who referred you will receive an acknowledgement letter.
  • When you reach the top of the waiting list you will be sent an appointment for a consultation. You need to confirm this within 2 weeks.
  • If you have a local speech and language therapist s/he will receive a letter about this too.
  • If you do not confirm your appointment within 2 weeks you will be discharged.
  • You will be sent questionnaires to fill in and post back to us before your appointment.

If you have any questions about being referred or tracking your referral please contact us.

 

If you are a speech and language therapist and want to know how to make a referral to the Centre click here.

 

Commonly asked questions:
• How long will it take for me to get an appointment?
The waiting time varies, depending on how many referrals we are receiving at any one time. Please feel free to contact us to ask about how long you can expect to wait.

• What can I do in the meantime?
Click on parents for advice on how to help your child who stammers.
Click on teens for more information about stammering