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Dr Philip Abraham - ESNEFT - Community Paediatrics
Dr Philip Abraham - ESNEFT - Community Paediatrics

Philip Abraham

Paediatrics (Community)

Colchester Hospital

I have worked at the Trust since 2016, covering all Community Paediatric problems. I have been a Consultant Community Paediatrician for about 8 years.

My special interests include ADHD, Autism and Developmental problems in children. My Qualifications are MD Paediatrics, FRCPCH, MRCP(UK) Paediatrics and Diploma in Child Health ( University of Leeds).

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Adeyemi Adenekan

Associate Specialist

Colchester Hospital

I started working in Colchester in 1997.

I was with Acute Paediatrics till 2019. At that time I also did some sessions in Community Paediatrics one day a week.

I switched to being fully with Community Paediatrics 2019.

I am particularly interested in ADHD.

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Helen Alabede

Consultant, Medical advisor for adoption and Lead clinician

Colchester Hospital

I have been a Consultant at the Trust since September 2016, having completed much of my training here, alongside Chelmsford, Harlow and Addenbrookes.

The majority of my work is general community paediatric, such as developmental delay and children with syndromes, as well as neurobehavioral conditions such as autism and ADHD. I am currently designated Doctor for looked after children for Southend, Essex and Thurrock, and that my work also includes adoption for West, Mid and North Essex.

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Louise Chanarin

Speciality Doctor

Colchester Hospital

I am a specialty doctor experienced in diagnosis of neurodevelopmental conditions such as Autism spectrum disorder and ADHD, and therapeutic management of ADHD. I also see children with developmental delay and other long term medical conditions. I am also involved with safe guarding of children and young people, and work as Adoption medical officer for the region.

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Photograph of Christine Doughty

Christine Doughty

Associate Specialist

Colchester Hospital and Fryatt (Harwich) Hospital

I am a community paediatrician at Colchester, starting back in 2003. My undergraduate qualifications were obtained in South Africa in 1989 and my membership of the Royal College of Paediatrics in 2001.

I do regular clinics in Harwich and in a number of special schools, as well as in Colchester. My work encompasses general community paediatrics, children with developmental delay and neurodevelopmental conditions like autism and ADHD. My main interest is in special educational needs and disability and I enjoy working with a wide range of professionals and parent groups to promote support and awareness.

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Manal Issa

Consultant

Colchester Hospital

I am Consultant Paediatrician with special interest in neurodisability and epilepsy. I also work with children with neurodevelopmental or neurobehavioural disorders.

I joined the paediatric team at Colchester in 2021. I had held previous consultant appointments at Northampton General Hospital where I was the lead for the neuromuscular and Botulinum injection clinics. In West Suffolk Foundation Trust I was the lead for the movement disorder clinic . My post-graduate training was in the East of England Deanery and I completed  my SPIN neurology training in Addenbrookes and GOSH.

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Benjamin Marlow

Paediatrics

Colchester Hospital

In my role of Consultant Paediatrician with Neurodisability interest, I aim to deliver the highest standard of care to young people and their families experiencing complex neurodevelopmental problems. I have a passion for championing the rights of children with neurodisability, their access to education, medical services and above all to experience happy and fulfilling lives. I also have a strong interest in evidence-based medicine and want to better serve the speciality with opportunites of earlier intervention and scientific base.

I have set up a translational research centre The Synapse Centre for Neurodevelopment ESNEFT (East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust). The centre is looking to translate biomedical research into practical therapies for local children and their families with conditions such as Autism, ADHD, Cerebral Palsy, Intellectual disability and Genetic syndromes. The Synapse Centre seeks to be at the forefront of new era of research seeking to investigate the effects of microbiome / gut-brain axis, immune-metabolism and functional genomics that can impact on brain development. The centre will target innovative new strategies of database acquisition and phenotyping through biomarkers and biometric data.

I also lecture at Anglia Ruskin University and have a strong interest in education having completed a PGCME.

I joined ESNEFT in March 2019.

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Photograph of Priyanthie Perera

Priyanthie Perera

Associate Specialist

I have been a paediatrician at the Trust for 19 years and joined the community paediatric team in 2003.

I am passionate about working with and helping children with additional development needs and looked after children and young people.

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Beth Whitehurst

Consultant

Colchester Hospital

I trained as a doctor in Glasgow and I graduated in 2000. I initially trained in orthopaedics but eventually found my true calling to be a paediatrician as I like that you need to have a holistic approach to patient management.

I joined the Colchester community paediatric team as a consultant in 2019. I have an interest in ADHD, Autism, Child development and Safeguarding.

I also do some on-calls in the hospital where I will see acutely unwell children and cover the neonatal unit.

Outside of work I love watching all types of films from Marvel to musicals and I own two large fluffy cats.

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