A paediatrician is a doctor or physician who deals with illnesses and ailments in children, from birth to adolescence. It is important to remember that conditions in children may require different methods of treatment to those used with adults.
Paediatrics as a branch of medicine is not always associated with private healthcare but it is an area that has seen a lot of growth in recent years. Many illnesses and health conditions that affect children can be treated in the private healthcare sector, from the relatively minor such as squints and hayfever to extremely complex problems such as childhood cancers and neurological problems.
The National Health Service (NHS) in the UK has an outstanding reputation in paediatrics and private health services are in place to complement and support that, and to offer a greater choice to parents who have private health insurance, either through personal choice, or through an employment package. Some of the treatments are very specialized and will only be available at dedicated centres in private clinics in London but others will be available to you locally.
The consultant paediatrician will usually have MRCP or FRCP qualifications (Member or Fellow of one of the Royal Colleges of Physicians) and may have FRCPCH (Fellow of the The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health) after his/her name.
Paediatricians may be a member of The British Association of Paediatric Surgeons, The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, or the International Paediatric Association.
You can view the profile of private paediatricians in this online database of 2,500 private consultants to search for a private paediatrician.