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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Wrong number!

Wrong number!

As part of my training as a children’s doctor I had to undertake my professional (also known as “Royal college”) exams. This was very early on in my career. These exams are held at different locations around the UK and I decided that I would go to Titterington,a city in the north of England, to […]

Why are so many children going to A+E?

Why are so many children going to A+E?

Our paediatric services are struggling on several fronts; not enough trainees, consultants leaving early and significant rota gaps which can result in a poorer service. At the same time we have more and more patients going to A+E. But why? What is changing and why are we seeing these increased pressures? Last year there were […]

Drip,drip,drip

Drip,drip,drip

  The room was dark and there was the hum of machines working in the background. I was laid on my bed trying to get some rest whilst on call at one of the largest teaching hospitals in Europe. It was about 3am and I was battling between trying to get some sleep and worrying […]

How to take a child’s temperature

How to take a child’s temperature

Temperature is an important indicator of infection in a child. Parent’s often worry about the best way to take a temperature in their baby or child. My experience is that the forehead strips are variable and unreliable. The Royal college of nursing and NICE guidelines recommend that a baby under 4 weeks of age should […]

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. […]

Where is Child Health in the UK Headed?

Where is Child Health in the UK Headed?

I am very concerned about the state of child health services in the UK. Last year 4.5 million children attended A+E. Of these, NHS England estimated that 64% (nearly 3 million) could have been managed by their GP or at home. So, why aren’t people going to their GP’s or managing their children at home? […]