Specialty

Paediatrics

The Consultant Paediatrician deals with illnesses and diseases in children. These may be acute illnesses such as meningitis or asthmatic attacks or may be more chronic illnesses such as childhood diabetes or epilepsy.

CONSULTANT PAEDIATRICIANS MAY HAVE AN AREA OF SPECIAL INTEREST OR SUB–SPECIALISATION SUCH AS:
  •  Neonatology – dealing with diseases and illnesses in the first few weeks and months of life
  •  Neurology – dealing with conditions such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy, brain injury, hypoxia
  •  Endocrinology – dealing with hormone problems in children including diabetes, thyroid problems and growth problems.
  •  Development – dealing with learning disability and physical disability and handicap

Most common clinical areas / procedures leading to a claim of clinical negligence:-

  •  failure or delay in the diagnoses and treatment of meningitis
  •  the management of a child with birth injuries
  •  diagnosis and treatment of childhood epilepsy
  •  the investigation and diagnosis of child abuse including child sex abuse
  •  the management of acute asthma
  •  the management of acute abdominal pain

Source: http://www.medicalcasenotes.co.uk​​​​​​​



Helpful Information for Patients

When an operation is scheduled under a general anaesthetic, the anaesthesiologist requires the patient to be fasted for at least 4 hours. An empty stomach is important during the induction of an anaesthetic to prevent any food debris from entering the patient's lungs when he is unconscious. Aspiration of stomach contents into the lungs can be fatal. This is why it is important that a patient should NOT eat before an operation.

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