About Dr Andy Raffles (Practice Lead)
After qualifying he worked in a range of General Medicine and Emergency Medicine posts, and commenced Paediatric training. Drawn to his family roots in the East End of London, he worked at the Children’s Hospital in Hackney Road, part of the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children.
Andy continued his training in Clinical Paediatrics at the Hammersmith Hospital, an internationally renowned centre for Newborn Medicine and Neuromuscular Diseases, and moved from there to finish his clinical training at Great Ormond Street Hospital, in Cardiology and Respiratory medicine, which included the Intensive Care Unit.
In 1984 Andy was appointed as a Clinical Lecturer in Paediatrics and this post allowed him to travel to Australia for a period of training at the leading children’s hospital in Australia, the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Camperdown, Sydney. During this time he received awards for his teaching and research into preschool childhood asthma, as well as research on newborn nutrition and devising non–invasive methods for monitoring sick babies. Andy has published papers on neonatal nutrition, and childhood asthma, as well as a textbook of paediatrics for undergraduates and postgraduates.
In 1989 Andy was appointed to the post of Consultant Paediatrician in North West Thames, primarily working at the Queen Elizabeth II hospital in Welwyn Garden City. He quickly established a network of Paediatricians in Hertfordshire, with an appetite for service reform.
Andy also held responsibilities for the training of Paediatricians across the North Thames Deanery, as the Regional Advisor for Paediatrics, and in this post introduced significant changes in the training, supervision and assessment of paediatricians across the region – at one time having responsibility for over 440 trainees in 26 different training units!
He was also fortunate to work with the active birth movement, and was Lead Paediatrician to the Birth Unit of St John and St Elizabeth, in St John’s Wood , where he worked with the world renowned Obstetric and Midwifery Team, beside Mr Yehudi Gordon. With Yehudi he has written several books for parents for the care of babies. He also held responsibility as one of the team of Neonatal Paediatricians providing services to the Portland Hospital Neonatal Unit.
After a career of over 25 years as a consultant in paediatrics, with a huge clinical commitment Andy went part time in the NHS, and joined Ian in his practice as an Associate Paediatrician.
In May 2012 Andy took over as the Lead Paediatrician for Dr Ian Hay Ltd.