Dr Julia Thomson

Dr Julia Thomson

Paediatric Consultant

Practising at

Spire London East Hospital

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Treatment information

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

Other treatments

Paediatric medicine

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Professional profile

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 retains a certain fondness for, and confidence with, the babies amongst my patients. But I missed the play with the toddlers, the cheekiness of the primary school children and the challenges and concern of the thoughtful secondary school pupils and the breadth of the work of the general paediatrician.

My NHS post as a paediatrician with an interest in emergency paediatrics allows me to work with all of these age groups and still work with the babies too. I bring this breadth of experience to Spire London East Hospital in Essex (on the east London borders), where I am happy to see young people of all ages with their parents in the relaxed, informal environment of her outpatients’ clinic.

I maintain 2 websites. The first - - 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 - two years ago to support my role training junior doctors and to enhance the continuing professional development of GPs and other health professionals working with children.

Clinical Interests


Emergency paediatrics, Any medical problem concerning children from birth to adolescence

Private contact details

Telephone 020 8709 7817
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Qualification and professional memberships

Professional memberships

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
Association of Paediatric Emergency Medicine
Paediatricians with expertise in cardiology special interest group (PECSIG)

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Current NHS posts

Paediatric Consultant, Whipps Cross University Hospital, East London

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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 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 - because the children don’t do it, do they.

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Financial Interests

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

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