I trained as a doctor at Southampton University, qualifying in 1997. I have been working in paediatrics since 1998, both in the Wessex health region and in north London.
I began training as a neonatologist and retain a certain fondness for, and confidence with, the babies amongst my patients. But I missed the play with the toddlers, the cheekiness of the primary school children and the challenges and concern of the thoughtful secondary school pupils as well as the breadth of the work of the general paediatrician.
My NHS post as a general paediatrician with an interest in both paediatric cardiology and emergency paediatrics allows me to work with all of these age groups and still work with the babies too. I bring this breadth of experience to Spire London East Hospital in Essex (on the east London borders), where I am happy to see young people of all ages with their parents in the relaxed, informal environment of my outpatients’ clinic.
I maintain 2 websites. The first - www.northlondonpaediatrician.co.uk - contains some frequently-asked questions on children’s health, answered in non-medical jargon, as well as information on where I work privately, my fees, and so on. I set up the second website - www.paediatricpearls.co.uk - in 2010 to support my role training junior doctors and to enhance the continuing professional development of GPs and other health professionals working with children.