After qualifying, Dr Andrew Raffles commenced Paediatric training and worked in a range of General Medicine and Emergency Medicine posts at the Children’s Hospital in Hackney Road,
part of the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children. He continued his training in Clinical Paediatrics at the Hammersmith Hospital, an internationally renowned centre for Newborn Medicine and Neuromuscular Diseases, later finishing his clinical training at Great Ormond Street
Hospital, in Cardiology and Respiratory medicine, which included the Intensive Care Unit.
In 1984, Dr Raffles was appointed as a Clinical Lecturer in Paediatrics, a post which allowed him to travel to Australia for training at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Camperdown, Sydney, where
he received awards for his teaching and research into preschool childhood asthma, new-born nutrition and devising non–invasive methods for monitoring sick babies.
In 1989, Dr Raffles was appointed to the post of Consultant Paediatrician at the Queen Elizabeth II hospital in Welwyn Garden City, where he held responsibilities for the training of Paediatricians across the North Thames Deanery as the Regional Advisor for Paediatrics, introducing significant
changes in the training, supervision and assessment of paediatricians across the region. During his 29 years as a Consultant in Paediatrics in East and North Herts NHS Trust he became clinical director of Children’s services and Director of the Diabetes services for Children and Young People. He was also fortunate to work with the active birth movement and was Lead Paediatrician to the Birth Unit of St John and St Elizabeth, in St John’s Wood, working with the Obstetric and Midwifery Team, beside Mr Yehudi Gordon. With Mr Gordon, he has written several books for parents for the care of babies. He also held responsibility as part of Neonatal Paediatricians team, providing services to the Portland Hospital Neonatal Unit. Mr Raffles has
also published papers on neonatal nutrition, and childhood asthma, as well as a textbook of paediatrics for undergraduates and postgraduates.
After a career of over 28 years as a consultant in paediatrics, he then went part-time in the NHS, and in May 2012, took over as the Lead Paediatrician for Dr Ian Hay Ltd. Since 2016 He has been the Head of the Children’s and Young Peoples Services at Dr Ian Hay Ltd, a group of 8 Consultant Paediatricians providing private health care and looking after the needs of Children and Young People. He continues his interest in Diabetes by acting as a Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Peer reviewer of Diabetes Services for Children and Young People.
Despite the onset of the summer months, in the last few months, there has been a significant rise in the number of children seeking medical attention for what were usually mild winter viruses, such as RSV, bronchiolitis, the common cold and paraflu.