My name is Julia Thomson and I am a paediatric consultant in a busy district general hospital on the outskirts of London, UK.  I trained as a doctor at Southampton University and have been working in paediatrics since 1998.  With the help of some of the junior doctors on the team since 2009, I have been producing a monthly update/newsletter for General Practitioners (GPs) in Waltham Forest, Redbridge and Essex and for Emergency Department (ED) juniors at Whipps Cross Hospital, part of Barts Health NHS Trust.   I know it is also read by PCT managers, nurses, health visitors and junior paediatricians.  And not just in our region – nearly 50% of the downloads currently are from USA.

Non-health professionals are very welcome to read what is written here but may find some of the language unfamiliar.  There is a useful glossary of medical abbreviations at http://www.patient.co.uk/doctor/Abbreviations.htm .  Patients and parents may find other sites such as www.patient.co.uk more informative.  If you have medical queries the best person to speak to is your own GP.

To make the experience more interactive, and to keep the previous year’s registrars in the loop, we have used a blog format in case you wish to comment on anything we produce in the monthly PDFs, all of which are downloadable from the column on the right of the screen.

With time none of us will remember which month we featured what topic so the Google Custom Search box will search this site for you for the relevant subject.  There is a delay (particularly with PDFs) in Google finding recent posts so do keep trying if you are sure we have featured a topic recently!  Or use the contact page to send me a message.

The format is blog-shaped.  We produce one PDF digest per month aimed at both our local General Practioners (GPs) and our Emergency Department (ED) junior doctors.  These monthly digests are downloadable directly from the side bar on the right of the screen.  The text box snippets are often backed up with more extensive information and resources in the blog pages.  Please use the Search function in the top right hand corner if you want to look to see if we have featured a particular topic.  I welcome comments in various places all over the site and moderate them all myself in a voluntary capacity.  General comments can be left here or on the home page, comments on specific topics are most useful if they are left after the relevant blog post.  I expect most comments to be from adults working in healthcare.  Click here for a guide to the “Netiquette” of leaving comments on the blog.

A website is never fully built; please do make comments, suggestions or requests here.

Disclaimer: We work very hard to check the evidence for all the topics we write about but, like anyone else, we can make mistakes and medical evidence goes out of date quickly.  I take no responsibility for any decisions you may make by blindly following anything written here.  We offer it all as food for thought only; feel free to add your comments.

Page last updated: 29th July 2017