Dr Nick Barnes

Consultant Paediatrician

MB BS (Distinction in Medicine) BSc (Hons) MRCP (UK) MRCPCH

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Personal profile

After graduating from the University of London, the early part of Dr Barnes' paediatric training was completed in posts at Great Ormond Street Hospital, The Royal Brompton Hospital, Hammersmith Hospital and St Mary's Hospital Paddington. He then spent 6 years training in posts within the Oxford Region which included 3 years at the John Radcliffe Hospital in posts in Cardiology, Paediatric Intensive Care, Respiratory and Neonatal Medicine.

In his principal NHS post he looks after children with a very wide range of general and more specialised paediatric problems. Dr Barnes' special interests are in looking after the unwell newborn baby and in managing children with heart disease, often from birth through to adult life.

He has maintained close links with the John Radcliffe Hospital where he holds an Honorary Consultant Paediatrician post.

Dr Barnes is available to see children of all ages (infancy - 17 years) with general or more specialist paediatric problems. He completed 10 years specialist training in London and Oxford and has accumulated very broad clinical experience as a full-time NHS Consultant paediatrician at Northampton General Hospital since 2006.

He has significant expertise in caring for infants with cow’s milk allergy, feeding problems, reflux, failure to thrive, abdominal pain and asthma. In his NHS post each year he also sees around 400 children with heart-related symptoms, including chest pain, heart murmur, palpitations, collapse and breathlessness. He has published over 20 articles in peer-reviewed journals and on-line on subjects as diverse as headache, migraine, reflux, vaccination, pneumonia and heart disease.

He has full access to a wide range of diagnostic modalities, including x-ray, ultrasound, MRI and neurophysiology, and will personally undertake ECG, ECHO and phlebotomy. Recognising the key importance of exploring every aspect of a child’s illness, he works very closely with a multidisciplinary team that includes a dietitian, physiotherapist, psychologist and dedicated children’s nurse.

Clinical Interests

  • Cardiology, including the child with a murmur, palpitations, faints or a family history of inheritable heart disease
  • Respiratory Medicine, including the child with cough, wheeze and recurrent chest symptoms
  • Headache including migraine
  • Management of common childhood symptoms

Professional Memberships

  • Member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
  • Member of the British Congenital Cardiac Association
  • Member of Paediatricians with Expertise in Cardiology Special Interest Group (UK)
  • General Medical Council
  • Medical Protection Society

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