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Children Development Centre's (CDC)

Children's development centres, or CDC's are places where numerous children's health specialists work with children with additional needs such as developmental delay, communication issues and learning difficulties.  Sometimes this is called paediatrics which means diagnosis, treatment and prevention of conditions in children aged 0 to 18 years.

In NORTH Kirklees this is provided at a number of hospitals:

  • Pinderfields Hospital Children's Centre - children's centre, inpatient ward, assessment
  • Pontefract Hospital Children's Centre - children's centre
  • Dewsbury and District Hospital Children's Services, children's centre, inpatient ward, assessment

In SOUTH Kirklees, this is provided by the Rainbow CDC at Calderdale hospital in Halifax.

What is it?

Paediatrics is the area of medicine that deals with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of conditions in children aged 0 to 18 years. This care is provided by many different health professionals experienced in the care of children.

We offer a wide variety of Paediatric services covering:

• Children's Emergency Departments and Children's Assessment facilities

• Neonatal Intensive care and High Dependency care

• Inpatient care for children who require it

• Children's Inpatient surgery/trauma/orthopaedics

• Outpatient (children's centre) facilities including child development, ie developmental delay, communication conditions and learning difficulties.

Where do we offer this service?

We provide extensive healthcare services for children across our three main hospital sites as well as within the community. Please visit the Community services page for further information on our Community Children's services.

• Pinderfields Hospital Children's Centre - children's centre, inpatient ward, assessment

• Pontefract Hospital Children's Centre - children's centre

• Dewsbury and District Hospital Children's Services, children's centre, inpatient ward, assessment

• Neonatal Intensive and High Dependency Care.

Who should you contact?

Children requiring care within our hospitals/Community Services will be referred by health professionals.

To contact individual wards or units please call the number given to you by your nurse or doctor, or telephone the main switchboard on:

Tel: 01924 541000

Welcome to the Rainbow Child Development Service at Calderdale Royal Hospital.

The Rainbow Child Development Service at Calderdale Royal Hospital (CRH) is a newly redesigned and refurbished update of the former Child Development Unit at CRH which now will also offer ongoing care for youngsters who were previously treated at the Ellerslie Centre at Princess Royal Community Health Centre in Huddersfield.

What is the Rainbow Child Development Service?

Children with additional needs referred to us will receive therapeutic and clinical care at the new Rainbow Child Development Service which has a sensory room, therapy rooms, clinic rooms and a family room. The unit also has two hoists linked to a weighing system. While here you will see a doctor, nurse or support staff who are specialists in child health and development. In the clinic there may be a consultant paediatrician, specialist nurse, therapist and/or child development assistant. On the day you will be seen by the most appropriate person depending on your child’s need but also receive ongoing support from the Child Development Service Team to continue to support your child’s health and development at home or in the community setting . The service will also provide you with the right information and support to help you manage your child’s needs.

Children requiring care within the Rainbow CDC will be referred by health professionals.

Last updated: 03/08/2021