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                   Dr Andy Raffles

Andy Raffles MB BS London 1978, FRCPCH, DCH

Andy was inspired following his mother’s successful inpatient stay at St Mary’s Hospital, London and decided to train there as doctor.  After a period spent as a youth worker in NW London where he grew up, he soon realised he wanted to specialise in Paediatrics (Children’s Medicine).

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 Neuro-Muscular 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.

Encouraged by his inspirational Consultant and Professor colleagues, Andy moved to an academic training post at St Bartholomew’s Hospital London, which allowed him to develop his passion for teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level, as well as participating in research. 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.

As a result he became involved in a complex reorganisation of children’s health care in Hertfordshire, and became a national lead for such reconfigurations, especially in the provision of emergency and unscheduled care for acutely sick children. 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.

During this period, as Director of Children’s Services, he was introduced to Dr Ian Hay, and had the opportunity to work with Ian as a consultant colleague within the Hertfordshire NHS services. Ian and Andy became close friends and trusted clinical colleagues, and when Ian offered Andy an opportunity to join him in private practice it was an opportunity not to be missed.  That was in 2007 and the rest, as they say, is history. Subsequently, 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, allowing Ian  to finally step out of the heat of running an everyday practice and to concentrate on his love of hands on paediatrics.

In addition to clinical responsibilities Andy continues to provide senior management support in the form of appraisals for both NHS and Private Paediatricians, is a Care Quality Commission Inspector and works for the Royal College of Paediatricians and Child Health as a Service Reviewer, often invited to inspect paediatric units in the EU and takes a very active role in patient safety and the provision of accurate  information for parents as a way of promoting patient safety and reducing the risk of harm.


He is married to Jo and has three grown up children, who collectively survived his efforts to provide them with personalised paediatric care during their childhood!! Two of his children are Medical Doctors and one is a Banker. He lives in Hertfordshire and has spent too long restoring his 16th Century Farmhouse and restoring/building open top sports cars.




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