The Children’s Hospital in Oxford is part of the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust. It is a tertiary referral hospital serving Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and the surrounding counties.
The Children’s Radiology department has 3 dedicated Paediatric Radiologists. There are 2 more Neuro-radiologists with interest in Paediatric Neuro-radiology and the radiologists from the Nuffield Orthopaedic centre support Musculoskeletal radiology. However, with the ongoing expansion of the neonatal unit, there are further plans for expansion and increasing the number of consultants.
The department offers wide-ranging services including ultrasound, fluoroscopy, CT scan, MRI scans, nuclear medicine studies including PET CT and Paediatric interventional radiology. There are 3 available CT scanners and 3 MRI scanners including a 3 T magnet. The CT and MR scanners are shared with the adult patients but have dedicated paediatric list, with provision for anaesthesia.
The Children’s service in Oxford provides tertiary level care for the specialities like Paediatric surgery, respiratory medicine, gastroenterology, oncology, cardiology, neurology, neurosurgery, craniofacial surgery, orthopaedic surgery etc. Oxford is also a regional trauma centre. A neonatal and paediatric intensive care units, as well as a high dependency unit, support the service. These specialities ensure that there is a good range of challenging cases for the radiology department.
The paediatric radiology department provides a 24-hour consultant-led on-call service.
The Children’s Radiology department is part of the Oxford Radiology training scheme and we receive radiology registrars who come for their radiology module training. The department also provides training for senior registrars who want to pursue Paediatric Radiology as a career.
Currently, we do not have a formal fellowship post but welcome OOPT/OOPE trainees to our department.
Our trainees get good exposure to all aspects of Paediatric Radiology and get to see routine as well as complicated cases. The department also hosts more than 7 clinico-radiological and multidisciplinary meetings, which the trainees benefit by attending as well as presenting under supervision.
The Children’s Radiology is an expanding busy department with a strong sense of clinical excellence and nurturing training opportunities.
Written in October 2012
Dr Subhasis (Ash) Chakraborty, Consultant Radiologist,