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Paediatrics

We are a dynamic and enthusiastic directorate which serves a local paediatric population of about 150,000 from two main inpatient sites - William Harvey Hospital, Ashford and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother Hospital, Margate and a children’s assessment centre at Kent & Canterbury Hospital. Community-based outpatient services are also run from the Royal Victoria Hospital, Folkestone and Buckland Hospital, Dover.  

The needs of both the Paediatric and GP trainees training curriculums are addressed and we encourage the development of speciality areas which are well established in our service.

Why train and learn in Child Health at East Kent?

Trust wide we offer wide ranging Paediatric Experience in General Paediatrics, Community Paediatrics, Level 1 and Level 3 Neonatology, Secondary level Paediatric Subspecialties.


Child health at QEQM consists of the General Paediatric Unit (Rainbow Ward), the Neonatal Unit (Special Care Baby Unit, Post Natal Unit in Kingsgate Ward) and Community Paediatrics which takes place at Canterbury Hospital and Green Banks Clinic in Margate. Rainbow Ward has a total of 20 beds. These include 9 cubicles and 1 high dependency unit bed. There are total of 8 consultants on the unit. The Neonatal Unit consists of the Special Care Baby Unit, High Dependency Unit and the Special Care Baby Unit.


The WHH Child Health department is made up of the General Paediatric unit (Padua Ward), the Neonatal Unit (NICU) and Community Paediatrics. Padua Ward has a total of 28 beds. These include 9 cubicles and 2 high dependency unit beds.  There are total of 8 consultants on the unit.  The neonatal unit consists of the intensive care unit, high dependency unit and the special care baby unit. There are 6 Neonatologists on the unit. Community Paediatrics is based at Buckland Hospital, in Dover, The Beacon in Folkestone, Children Assessment Unit in Canterbury and Rainbow Centre in Ashford. 

Both WWH and QEQM have a dedicated paediatric area in A&E and an Assessment Unit and are also designated Paediatric Oncology Shared Care Units (POSCU). There is a Paediatric Ambulatory Unit at Kent and Canterbury Hospital. 

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We also offer subspecialty experience at secondary level in Epilepsy, Respiratory Paediatrics & Allergy, Cystic Fibrosis, Gastroenterology, Cardiology, Oncology, Diabetes and Endocrinology. There is scope to do a Special Interest (SPIN) module in various subspecialties and Neonatology and Community Paediatrics are approved for GRID trainees as well.

Our programme includes regular departmental academic meetings, audit meetings, journal clubs supported by one of the Trust’s clinical librarians, radiology meetings and simulation sessions. 

Our clinical and educational supervisors have a strong national and deanery medical education links and a good proportion of our consultants have a higher postgraduate subspecialty qualification and close links to tertiary centres in their subspecialty area. 

We are well supported by an excellent Medical Education Department and helpful administrators. Our library and knowledge services work closely with clinical staff. We encourage a strong research ethos and are involved in a number of national multicentre trials backed by our active research and development department.

Dr Orode Mode, College Tutor QEQM has been chosen as the winner of the 2020-2021 KSS Paediatric Award for Training Achievement in the category: Best Educational supervisor.

Dr Ola Smith

Ola Smith

Local Faculty Group Lead 

Ameen Siddiqui

Ameen Siddiqui

College Tutor, WHH

Cathy Kidd

Cathy Kidd

Medical Education Administrator

ekh-tr.MedicalEducation@nhs.net

Dr Ola Smith
Dr Ola Smith

Ola Smith

Local Faculty Group Lead 

Orode Mode

Orode Mode

College Tutor, QEQM

Cathy Kidd

Cathy Kidd

Medical Education Administrator

ekh-tr.MedicalEducation@nhs.net

Michelle Munday

DSA, QEQM

michelle.munday@nhs.net