Dr Julia Thomson trained as a doctor at Southampton University, qualifying in 1997. She has been working in paediatrics since 1998, both in the Wessex health region and in north London.
Dr Thomson began training as a neonatologist and retains a certain fondness for, and confidence with, the babies amongst her patients. But she missed the play with the toddlers, the cheekiness of the primary school children and the challenges and concerns of the thoughtful secondary school pupils and the breadth of the work of the general paediatrician.
Her NHS post as a paediatrician with an interest in emergency paediatrics allows her to work with all of these age groups and still work with the babies too. Dr Thomson brings this breadth of experience to Spire Roding Hospital in Essex (on the east London borders), where she is happy to see young people of all ages with their parents in the relaxed, informal environment of her outpatients’ clinic.
Dr Thomson maintains 2 websites. The first -www.northlondonpaediatrician.co.uk - contains some frequently-asked questions on children’s health, answered in non-medical jargon, as well as information on where she works privately, her fees, and so on. She set up the second website -www.paediatricpearls.co.uk - two years ago to support her role training junior doctors and to enhance the continuing professional development of GPs and other health professionals working with children.