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. My background in epilepsy/neurology stems from an extensive training in neurology at Cambridge University Hospital, Addenbrookes, where I completed special interest training. I have been an NHS consultant since 2016 and I am currently the Clinical Lead for the paediatric epilepsy and neurology Service in my NHS Trust.
I am highly qualified to care for and manage children with concerns about fits/seizures, falls, unusual movements, and funny turns. I am also experienced with managing the complexities around other conditions such as cerebral palsy and other neuro-disabilities. Additionally, I help with children suffering from sleep difficulties who may need initial assessment and advice on dealing with this common problem. I treat children with migraines and other chronic headache disorders. I 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).
In my NHS practice I run weekly clinics in general paedaitric, epielpsy and Neurology over 42-weeks of the year; meaning I hold at least 1680 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 Specilaist Nurse Clinics and cover acute paediatric in our Children's Ward and Neonatal Unit, as well as the paediatric Emergency Department and Paediatric Assessement 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 Paeditrics Programme and a proud Health Advisor and Ambassador for the Roald Dahl's Children's Charity (this is a marvelous charity which raises money to fund Specialist Nurses for children with life limiting diagnoses)
I am also a 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, caring person. I am able to connect with my young patients at their level, recognising that each child, no matter how old, 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:
I am a Paediatrician with additional expertise in Epilepsy and other neurology-related conditions including fits, falls, unusual turns, movement problem, migraine disorders, chronic headache and pain.
Spire Alexandra Hospital is only able to provide Covid-19 tests to patients undergoing surgery at our hospital. Covid-19 testing or antibody tests are not available as a standalone service.
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
Paedaitric 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.