Dr Tim Ubhi

Meet Dr Tim Ubhi

Hello and welcome to my Blog! I’m Dr Tim Ubhi (most of my patients call me “Dr Tim”) and I will be posting on topics such as common child health problems, medical politics and also some funny medical stories that I have encountered in my 25 years as a Children’s Doctor. These stories will fall under the category of “Diary of a Children’s Doctor”, as I’m sure you will totally understand, names and places have been changed to protect identity. Please leave a comment if you read one of my posts so that I know I’m not alone! I hope you enjoy my Blog!

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Category: PANDAS

“Outstanding” rating from The Care Quality Commission

“Outstanding” rating from The Care Quality Commission

I am so pleased that The Care Quality Commission has inspected and rated our service as “Outstanding”! This is the highest category that an organisation can achieve and is the result of lots of hard work behind the scenes with our patient treatement coordinator, Vicki Greener and our newly appointed admin support, Liz Parsons, establishing […]

PANDAS Audit & Sub-Group Data 2019

PANDAS Audit & Sub-Group Data 2019

In October 2019 we audited 200 UK patients treated for PANDAS over the pevious 12 months. During this audit we identified 100 patients that had good laboratory data that in turn allowed us to develop a clinical model with 10 different sub-groups. These sub-groups were based on the laboratory findings along with the clinical features […]

Electroconvulsive therapy – Does it have a place in modern medicine?

Electroconvulsive therapy – Does it have a place in modern medicine?

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a treatment for certain types of mental illness including severe depression, schizophrenia, catatonia or mania. With this treatment a current of electricity is passed through the brain (under anaesthesia) causing a fit or seizure. Although this treatment has been approved by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) for […]

Improving our understanding of PANDAS

Improving our understanding of PANDAS

PANDAS stands for “Paediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcus” whilst PANS stands for “Paediatric Neuropsychiatric Syndrome”. Many consider PANDAS to be a sub-set of PANS but is this correct or are we seeing two different pathologies? Indeed, we have to ask ourselves if instead of two distinct disease entities we are actually dealing with […]

PANDAS – Does it Exist?

PANDAS – Does it Exist?

I first started seeing children with PANDAS about 9 years ago. PANDAS is an acronym for “Paediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcus”. In simple terms this means that children, following a streptococcus (“Strep’) infection get unusual features such as tics (uncontrolled abnormal movements), obsessive compulsive behaviours, start wetting and may also have difficulty eating. […]