Children’s or ‘Paediatric’ Physiotherapists assess children’s movement, mobility, posture, muscle strength and flexibility. We treat children mainly through exercise, movement and positioning through play. The Physiotherapist's base treatment on an assessment of the child's needs and the formation of an individualised approach to physical management to maximise the physical potential of the child.

We work with children and young people:

  • With a neurological condition, from birth up to 19 years of age in full time education, who have difficulties or a disability which affects their ability to carry out everyday tasks. 
  • For all other physiotherapy needs, from birth to 16 years of age, who have difficulties or a disability which affects their ability to carry out everyday tasks. After their 16th birthday, they will need to be referred to Adult Physiotherapy.

We see children and young people within a variety of settings, including nurseries, schools, special schools and their home.

When is it on?

Session information
Monday to Thursday
9.00am - 5.00pm
Friday 9.00am- 4.30pm

Who to contact

Contact name
Children’s Physiotherapy
Contact position
Central Admin for Children's Physiotherapy
0191 3876346

Where to go

Chester le Street Community Hospital
Bishop Auckland Hospital
Stanley Primary Care Centre
Darlington Memorial Hospital

Other details

Cost description
NHS provision for those triaged as needing intervention.
Referral required?
Referral and availability notes

A referral can be made by your child's GP, school, another professional or by anyone involved in the child/young person's care. If you are not the parent/carer for the child, consent from them must be gained prior to the referral.

A referral can be made by phoning or emailing our admin team who can send you a referral form or take the referral over the phone. Electronic referrals from other professional are also accepted if sent through our patient records system.

Referrals will be triaged by a specialist Physiotherapist who will determine what intervention is required at that time.


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