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Paediatric Neurodevelopment

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Staff


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

021-658-5033
 

FAX 

021-658-5530
 

Email

kirsty.donald@uct.ac.za


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.


Unit profile


  • 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.

    • tuberculosis
    • 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
    • Autism
    • 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.

  • The service assists with establishing government guidelines aimed towards optimal care in a resource poor setting.

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


Day Time Description Venue
       
Monday 08:30 Celebral Palsy Clinic S13
  08.30 Development Clinic S6
  13.00 NeuroDev combined meeting  
  14.00 Neurophysiology  
  15.30 Undergraduate lectures 7th Floor, ICH
       
Tuesday 07:30 Neuroradiology Meeting B3
  08:30 Development Clinic S6
  12.00 E2 Ward Meeting E2
  13:00 Neurology Journal Club S25
  14.00 Student Clinical Teaching  
  14:30 Preparation for reports for
school placements
 
       
Wednesday 08:00 Department Meeting D3
  09:30 Cerebral Palsy Clinic S13
  09:30 Neurodevelopment Clinics S6
  09:30 CP orthopaedic Clinic  
  13:00 Spinal Defects Clinic S13
  14:00 Student Clinical Teaching 7th Floor ICH
  16:00 Neurosurgical/Neurology WR  
       
Thursday 08:30 Development Outreach visits/
Developmental Clinic
S6
  08:30 Combined Neuro/HIV Clinic S27
  13:00 Neurology Research Meeting S25
  14:00 Registrar Lecture/Research 7th Floor ICH
       
Friday 08:30 Ward Round  
  12:00 Case Presentations D3
  13:00 Registrar Supervision  
  14:00 Report preparation  

Research Interests


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