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Lighthouse centre celebrates 10th anniversary

17 December 2015

Health Care

Southend Hospital’s Lighthouse Child Development Centre is celebrating ten fantastic years of care, support and development for children aged up to 16.

The centre, which was opened in 2005 by HRH The Duchess of Gloucester GVCO, provides specialised outpatient care for children with significant delay in more than one area of development and have or are likely to require the support from more than one secondary agency, service or discipline.

Head of paediatrics, Wendy Pearson, said: "Many of the children have attended the centre regularly over the last 10 years developing good relationships with the staff as they have grown up. This is a great department for the children and young people who often need complex and on-going support.

"It is situated away from the main hospital site and has a unique atmosphere geared at the children and their families."

Services include paediatric physiotherapy, paediatric speech and language therapy, therapy through play groups, toy library and sensory stimulation.