Dr Andy Raffles
MB BS London 1978, FRCPCH, DCH
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
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.
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.
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
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
allowing Ian to finally step out of the heat of running an
everyday practice and to concentrate on his love of hands on
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.