A general paediatrics doctor with a one of our ward staff

General Paediatrics

General paediatricians specialise in assessing the health of children and providing the medical care they need to recover from illness. We are one of the largest teams in the hospital, and our patients range from tiny infants to teenagers.

Our team see children with conditions of all kinds from simple coughs and colds to those with highly-complex conditions affecting every part of their body. The most common reasons for which we see our patients are respiratory and other infections, seizures and wheezing. In outpatients, we see patients with common medical problems such as allergies, poor growth, headaches and stomach pains.

As well as supervising children’s medical care, the general paediatric team have particular expertise in working with our specialist colleagues to manage complex patients - sometimes coordinating the input of five or six specialist teams to facilitate the care that a child needs.

Our work includes:

  • Review of children with long-term health needs in outpatients clinics
  • Management of emergency medical admissions on the wards
  • Review of medical patients in intensive care
  • Outreach support of colleagues in Parkview psychiatric inpatient unit and the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital
  • Teaching and training of specialist paediatric trainees, GP trainees and foundation doctors

The team

The team currently includes 12 consultants, trainees at various stages in their general paediatric training, clinical fellows, GP trainees and foundation trainees as well as advanced nurse practitioners. Our clinical lead is Dr Helen Morris.

Where do we work?

Most of our patients will be admitted to the Paediatric Admissions Unit, Ward 2 (for infants) or Ward 7 (for older children), all at our Children's Hospital. However, we provide care to children throughout the hospital and may have patients in almost any ward at any time.

Contact details

Paediatric Assessment Unit: 0121 333 9012
Medical secretaries: 0121 333 8163/0121 333 8164

Resources for professionals

You can find useful clinical guidelines on some of the most common medical conditions for unscheduled healthcare attendance on our paediatric assessment tools page.