Dr Julia Thomson

Paediatric Consultant


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I trained as a doctor at Southampton University, qualifying in 1997. I have been working in paediatrics since 1998, both in the Wessex health region and in north London.I began training as a neonatologist and retain a certain fondness for, and confidence with, the babies among my patients. But I missed the play with the toddlers, the cheekiness of the primary school children, the challenges and concern of the thoughtful secondary school pupils and the breadth of the work of the general paediatrician.My first NHS consultant post was at Barts Health (Whipps Cross site) where I worked for eight years as a paediatrician with an interest in emergency paediatrics. I moved to the Homerton University Hospital NHS Trust in 2017 to take up a post as a general paediatrician with expertise in cardiology. I bring this breadth of knowledge and experience to Spire London East Hospital, where I am happy to see young people of all ages with their parents in the relaxed, informal environment of my outpatients’ clinic.I maintain three 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 I work privately, my fees, and so on. I set up the second website - www.paediatricpearls.co.uk – in 2009 to support my role training junior doctors and to enhance the continuing professional development of GPs and other health professionals working with children. The third website is for the charity for which I am a trustee and senior volunteer instructor. We teach newborn care in West Africa and train local instructors (see www.nicheinternational.org.uk).

Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Dr Julia Thomson at Spire include:


Other treatments

  • Paediatric echocardiography
  • Paediatric ECG
  • Paediatric 24 hour ambulatory ECG
  • Paediatric medicine

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Clinical interests


• General Paediatrics – any medical problem concerning children from birth to adolescence (from 1 week of age to the child’s 16th birthday) • Emergency Paediatrics • Paediatric cardiology – murmurs, palpitations, chest pain, syncope (fainting)

Qualification and professional memberships

Professional memberships

Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

Association of Paediatric Emergency Medicine

Paediatricians with expertise in cardiology special interest group (PECSIG)

Current NHS posts

Main post: Paediatric Consultant with expertise in Paediatric Cardiology, Homerton University Hospital NHS Trust, London E9 6SR.

Honorary consultant in cardiology, Great Ormond Street Hospital, London WC1N 3JH (for continuing professional development).

Personal profile

I came to medicine late having originally completed a degree in French and Philosophy and worked and lived for a while on an Inner Hebridean island in Scotland where I also set up my first folk band. I was heavily involved in Tall Ship sailing at that time and went on to fund my medical training by working as a Tall Ship cook during all my university holidays. The 100 hour weeks we used to do when first qualified as doctors were nothing to the ardours of my sailing days where I worked the same hours with the added delight of feeling sick most of the time.

The advent of a family brought an end to my sailing days and the folk singing, I am afraid, and I now spend non-work time looking after my 3 children and 2 step-children and cleaning out the goldfish tank.

Financial interests

Holds less than 0.1% of the shares in Spire Healthcare Group plc.