What we do

The Children's Team provide a family centred service, meeting the health care needs of children, young people and their families both in the hospital and within the community.

Our main focus is to provide family-centred care which supports parents and carers to become as involved as they choose to be in their child’s care and treatment.

Our highly trained staff achieve this through having open and honest discussions with parents about their child whilst respecting each family’s language, cultural, religious, and social needs.

Our specialist services include:
  • Allergy
  • Children's Community Assisted Ventilation Service
  • Cardiology
  • Children's Community Nursing
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Developmental Disorder
  • Diabetes
  • Endocrinology
  • Epilepsy, Neurology and Neuro-disability
  • Gastroenterology
  • Haematology and Oncology
  • Nephrology
  • Respiratory Care
  • Rheumatology

How to access the service

For details on how to refer or be referred to our services, please see the relevant page for the specific service you require. 

Where to find us

Our Service provision includes:

  • Children's Ward, Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital
  • Children's Day Case Ward (Ward 27), Burnley General Teaching Hospital
  • Children's Observation and Assessment Unit 2 (COAU 2), Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital 
  • Children's Minor Illness Unit (CMIU), Burnley General Hospital - Closed temporarily due to COVID19
  • Outpatient clinics at Royal Blackburn Hospital, Burnley General Hospital, Accrington Hospital, Clitheroe Community Hospital, Rossendale Primary Care Centre and Pendle Community Hospital

Service Lead

Dr Chris Gardner - Clinical Lead

Key staff

Mandy Chillingworth - Matron

Meet the paediatric consultant team


Specialist Interest

Dr Javed Iqbal Paediatric Nephrology
(Clinical Director)  
Dr Rosemary Belderbos Epilepsy, neurology and neurodisability
Dr Dennis Corbett Allergy, cystic fibrosis and respiratory disease
Dr Helen Coutts General paediatrics
Dr Ana Del Rio Diabetes
Dr Peter Fitzmaurice Acute care
Dr Chris Gardner Diabetes and endocrinology                                                           
Dr Vanessa Holme      Paediatric haematology and oncology
Dr Nicola Horton Acute care
Dr Sarah Laraway Acute care and gastroenterology
Dr Poornima Nair Neurology and epilepsy
Dr Karl Rakshi Neurology, epilepsy and assisted ventilation services
Dr Tanya Robertson Respiratory disease and cystic fibrosis
Dr Wayne Thornton Acute care
Dr Anna Sibley Allergy and rheumatology
Dr Dorothy Msimanga General Paediatrican with a special interest in oncology
Dr Judith Uhmedi General paediatrican with a special interest in education

General enquiries

General Paediatrics - 01282 803444

Community Paediatrics - 01282 803605

Opening times

For service opening or visiting times, please see the relevant page for the specific service you require.