|Consultant:||Dr Reneva Petersen|
|Consultants Part-time:||Dr Mark Richards|
|Dr C Thompson|
|Dr V Ramanjam|
|Lecturers/consultants Part-time:||Dr SC van Bever Donker|
|Dr M Wessels|
|Dr W van der Meulen|
|Dr S Warner|
|Senior Registrar:||Dr Jayenthrie Venketramen|
|Supernumerary Registrars:||Dr Louisa Mudawarima|
|Dr Alliya Mohammed|
|Dr Ayman Al Hazmi|
|Medical Officers:||Dr Susan Warner (1 session)|
|Dr Van der Meulen (1 session)|
|Dr Fieke Van Bever Donker (1 session)|
|Dr A Kloppers (part-time lecturer)|
|Neuropsychology:||Dr Avron Moss (1 session)|
|Nursing support:||Sr Lynnette Krieger|
|Sr Andiswa Vanto|
|Contact Numbers||CLINIC BOOKINGS||021-658- 5535|
CEREBRAL PALSY/HIGH RISK CLINIC
Clinics S6, S13 Ground Floor, MOPD
Neurophysiology S25, 1st floor, OPD
Wards E2, 5th floor, old building
Patients Referral Guidelines:
Ideally from paediatricians - faxed referrals accepted, telephonic consultations for doctors can be arranged via the neurology clerk (021) 658-5535.
Red Cross Children's Hospital is the largest children's hospital in Sub-Saharan Africa. It provides all levels of multidisciplinary care at an international level whilst taking in to account the limitations of being located in a resource poor country.
The Division of Developmental paediatrics sees both common and rare, complex multisystemic disorders (Autism, genetic syndromes with associated developmental problems, cerebral palsy etc).
The vision and mission of the service is directed specifically towards the impact from diseases of poverty, which dominate the service load, i.e.
- human immunodeficiency virus type 1
- perinatal injury and disorders of antenatal toxin exposure (FAS, Methamphetamin exposure)
The child development service is directed towards building and expanding capacity to manage both complex disorders and the neglected diseases of poverty from vulnerable populations.
- Dedicated clinics have established large cohorts of children from the Sub-Saharan African population
- Cerebral Palsy
- Neurocutaneous disorders.
- The service operates in the region of 60 clinics a month, with almost 3000 clinic visits a year
There are 6 dedicated paediatric beds which are available to the department should children require admission for diagnostic workup or complex management issues, but many more patients are managed on the "general wards" on a referral / advisory basis.
Outreach service operates with regular specialist visits for both training and case assessment.
Teaching and Training
- Currently one of two centres in South Africa with a dedicated child development/paediatric neurodevelopment training post.
- The post follows international training guidelines.
- To date 4 trainees fully completed training (now in consultant posts).
The team regard training as an essential way to improve care to children with developmental problems - we are keen to set up links with other centres throughout Africa and to offer training experiences either through attachments to our department or through invited training workshops.
Neurology Unit Timetable
|Monday||08:30||Celebral Palsy Clinic||S13|
|13.00||NeuroDev combined meeting|
|15.30||Undergraduate lectures||7th Floor, ICH|
|12.00||E2 Ward Meeting||E2|
|13:00||Neurology Journal Club||S25|
|14.00||Student Clinical Teaching|
|14:30||Preparation for reports for
|09:30||Cerebral Palsy Clinic||S13|
|09:30||CP orthopaedic Clinic|
|13:00||Spinal Defects Clinic||S13|
|14:00||Student Clinical Teaching||7th Floor ICH|
|Thursday||08:30||Development Outreach visits/
|08:30||Combined Neuro/HIV Clinic||S27|
|13:00||Neurology Research Meeting||S25|
|14:00||Registrar Lecture/Research||7th Floor ICH|
Departmental research spans involvement in projects investigation aspects of cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorders as well as the genetic disorders associated with developmental problems. In particular there is specific interest in developmental disabilities as they manifest in resource limited settings such as South Africa. Specific interests include the preventable causes of neurodisability such as alcohol and methamphetamine exposure, organophosphate poisoning and the neurological and neurocognitive complications of HIV.
Please view an overview of publications: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/myncbi/kirsty.donald.1/bibliography/49565518/public/?sort=date&direction=descending