Dr Chinwe Ude
Consultant Paediatrician with special interest in Epilepsy and Neurology
MB BS, FRCPCH
I am a paediatric consultant with in-depth clinical acumen in general paediatric conditions and I have additional expertise in children's epilepsy and neurology. In particular, I care for many children with concerns about fits, falls and funny turns, sleep difficulties, and chronic headaches. My background in epilepsy/neurology stems from an extensive training in neurology at Cambridge University Hospital, Addenbrookes, where I completed special interest training.
I am also experienced with managing the complexities around other conditions such as cerebral palsy and other neuro-disabilities. I can help if your child is suffering from sleep difficulties and need an initial assessment or advice on dealing with this common problem. I also treat children with migraines and other chronic headache disorders and can provide a comprehensive care plan for any child with a diagnosis of epilepsy – a care plan is a vital document for schools and other carers to support the child and family with the diagnosis and includes travel plans for when they have to go on holiday.
I have been an NHS consultant since 2016 and I am currently the Clinical Lead for the Paediatric Epilepsy and Neurology Service (PENS) in my NHS Trust. I run weekly clinics in general paediatric, epilepsy and neurology over 42 weeks of the year; meaning I hold at least 1,680 consultations a year in our clinics. In addition, I hold a Joint Neurology Clinic as well as Complex Epilepsy Clinics alongside Neurologists from Guys and St Thomas' Hospital.
I also supervise the Epilepsy Specialist Nurse Clinics and cover acute paediatric in our Children's Ward and Neonatal Unit, as well as the Paediatric Emergency Department and Paediatric Assessment Unit (PAU).
I am the Directorate's Link Consultant for the Trust's transition programme to ePMA (electronic prescribing). I am also leading on our Epilepsy Transition Service.
In addition to clinical work, I am an Honorary Lecture at Brighton University for the MSc in Paediatrics Programme and a proud Health Advisor and Ambassador for the Roald Dahl's Children's Charity (this is a marvellous charity which raises money to fund Specialist Nurses for children with life limiting diagnoses).
I volunteer for Age UK Medway where I am a Befriender for the Charity. I recently received a certificate award as a Thank You from the Charity for our contribution in that last year during the pandemic.
I am a warm and caring person who is passionate about advocating for children and young people; their health needs, service provision, and health outcomes. I connect well with my young patients at their level; recognising that each child is an individual with their own unique personality and health needs. This enables me to deliver the best possible care for my patients.
Some of the principal treatments carried out by Dr Chinwe Ude at Spire include:
MB BS / University of Nigeria Nsukka / 2003
Medical school training in Nigeria's best University and graduated on the Merit List for my class
Designated Lead for National Audit for children's epilepsy services and those who commission them, in order to measure and improve the quality of care provided to children with seizures.
Lead for the Paediatric Epilepsy and Neurology Service
Principal Investigator for the EPIPEG study
Paediatric Consultant and Clinical Lead for Paediatric Epilepsy and Neurology Service (PENS), Darent Valley Hospital, Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust.
I enjoy spending time with my family and doing what we call 'outdoorsy things'. I play tennis at club level and enjoy expressing my artistic side with my interior design projects.