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The service

The South West Regional Metabolic Department based at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children is one of five national Paediatric Specialist Centres. We provide comprehensive high quality multidisciplinary care to children and their families affected by metabolic disease across the South West.

The team

Consultants: Dr Germaine Pierre and Dr Effie Chronopoulou                                 

Specialist nurses: Bethan Clinton, Katie Raven, Chloe Poole, Gillian Alexander, Leah McCabe and Anja Keating                          

Specialist dietitians: Camille Newby, Abbie Robotham, Georgina Dunning and Victoria Wilkins   

Specialist pharmacist: Will Batten and Sam Whiting

We work closely with the specialist biochemists based in laboratories at UHBW and NBT: Corey Pritchard (UHBW) Rebecca Hopkins (UHBW), Dr Victoria Warburton (UHBW), Maryam Khan, Emma Smith, Dr Helena Kemp (NBT).

The service 

We see patients from 0-16 years with suspected or diagnosed metabolic disease including those identified from newborn screening.

Clinics we offer:

  • Weekly clinics in Bristol which include multidisciplinary consultant led clinics, dietetic clinics and nurse led clinics.
  • Outreach multidisciplinary clinics in Truro, Plymouth, Exeter, Taunton and Bath.
  • A transition clinic and service to support the transfer of older children to adult services.

Mondays to Fridays 9am to 5pm, the on call consultant manages acute admissions to the paediatric wards, NICU or PICU and transfers from other hospitals. They carry the on call mobile phone for clinical advice and management. Specialist nurses and specialist dietitians also provide telephone support for patients and telephone advice to other professionals.

Out of hours on weekdays and weekends a metabolic consultant is on call for provision of specialist advice