Job Title: Consultant Paediatric Neonatologist
Department: Child Health
Telephone Number: 01772 524423
Primary Medical Qualification: MBChB
Other Qualifications: MRCP (Paeds) MRCPCH
Year of Registration: 1992
GMC Number: 3586835
Career History: Qualified from the University of Liverpool (1992). Trained in general paediatrics, Mersey Deanery including Alder Hey, RLCH. Neonatal Higher Specialist Training at Liverpool Women's Hospital, Royal Women's Hospital, Melbourne, and St Mary's Hospital, Manchester. Consultant Paediatric Neonatologist and neonatal lead for Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (2004-present)
Specialist Areas: Neonatal medicine; clinical governance; patient safety; medicines for children research network lead for the trust
Specialist Interests: Neonatal infection; promoting seamless children's care from perinatal to adolescence through collaborative working
Research Interests: Neonatal feeding/nutrition; neonatal pharmacological studies for safer medication
Clinics: New Baby Clinic; Tongue-tie and Infant Feeding Problems Clinic; Baby Follow Up Clinic
Languages Spoken: English; Hindi
Two hundred and sixty mile bike ride for neonatal unit
A local dad is taking on a 260 mile bike ride from London to Paris to raise money for our Neonatal Unit.
Gavin Berry’s son Theo was born via emergency caesarean section at Lancaster Royal Infirmary in July 2013 not breathing and suffering from perinatal asphyxia (starvation of oxygen to the brain).
Gavin and wife Hannah where then told that Theo’s chances of survival were slim to none and that if he did survive he would most likely suffer from severe brain damage. They were then told of a new pioneering treatment that was available for Theo called cooling treatment. After opting to try the treatment, Theo was then transferred to Royal Preston Hospital’s Neonatal Unit to begin the process.
After 72 hours of treatment, Gavin and Hannah would find out if there had been any brain damage and what Theo’s chances where. However, after just 27 hours Theo began to breathe alone and show significant signs of recovery.
Today, Theo is approaching his second birthday and was discharged from our hospital in March after regular check-ups to ensure he was developing as expected and there were no signs of lasting damage to his brain.
Around one in 500 newborns in the UK suffer from asphyxia around the time of birth. This can set off a cascade of processes in the body resulting in the gradual death of brain cells, leaving babies at risk of brain damage and even death.
Oxygen deprivation at birth is known to set off processes that can lead to the death of brain cells and permanent neurological damage. Cooling the babies interrupts these processes to reduce brain injury.
Last year, Gavin and his friends cycled from Morecambe to Bridlington and managed to raise over £2,000 for Lancaster Neonatal Unit. This time they are cycling 260 miles from London to Paris in a bid to raise even more money for the Neonatal Unit at Royal Preston Hospital.
The bike ride will begin on Thursday 11th June and will take just over three days to complete. Donations can be made by texting LONP94 £2/£5/£10 to 70070 or by visiting www.justgiving.com/london-paris15
Hannah Berry, Theo’s mother, said: “We know that without this treatment Theo would have died or most definitely been left with severe brain damage and our lives would have been very different. The staff at Preston Hospital were amazing and very accommodating. They allowed not only myself to stay in my own room for 7 nights, but also supplied a bed for Gavin and allowed him to stay as well. On our last night they allowed us to stay in our room with Theo so I could continue to breastfeed him until his final dose of antibiotics had finished. He was given the all clear and we were allowed home when Theo was eight days old.”
Richa Gupta, Consultant Paediatric Neonatologist, at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “If you start cooling the body down, particularly the brain, you can slow down the body’s processes and that helps to prevent and minimize any further damage to the brain.”