At The Portland Hospital we are mindful that no matter what the reason is for your visit, that taking your child to the hospital can be quite a daunting and overwhelming experience. Thus we understand the importance of finding the right care for you and your family.
You want an honest relationship that works both ways and you want to be sure that your child is receiving the very best care available.
Here we introduce you to Kate Cross, a Consultant Paediatric and Neonatal Surgeon at The Portland Hospital, to provide you with an insight into her own life as a busy wife, mum and consultant. Kate explains her reasons behind choosing to be a Paediatric Consultant and why her career is very close to her heart.
“I always knew I wanted to be a doctor from a very young age. My brother was very ill with severe asthma as a child- so much so, we nearly lost him – he was continually hospitalised. I saw the medical staff looking after him, keeping him alive, and I know that this was something that I wanted to do”, says Kate.
“I love the fact that being a surgeon actively makes a difference. If you can fix a problem as the start of a child’s life, you’ve enabled them to have a better quality of life for the next 70 or 80 years.
There’s no doubt that being a mother myself has made me more empathetic with parents. Once you’ve been in A&E holding your own child’s distressed child in the middle of the night, you understand what is needed in that situation from a professional perspective”.
Thankfully I have an understanding and supportive husband who works from home in a different industry. Our set up has meant that I could balance the requirements of working with two small children.
It can be hard to find the right balance and energy to give your family when you are working long hours on call. When I’m not at work I try to give 100% to my family. Sleep deprivation with a young baby wasn’t that much of a shock when your job requires you to get up in the middle of the night. It was more of a shock for my husband,“ Kate explains.
“Mothers carry so much guilt and worry that they aren’t doing the right thing. In my working life I try to make them see that there isn’t a right or wrong way.”
Kate has worked at The Portland as a Paediatric Consultant for 8 months so far and she forms part of The London Children's Surgery Group. This group of General Paediatric Surgeons provide complex surgical treatment for newborn babies (neonatal surgery) and children to the age of 16 with major acquired or congenital conditions. The surgeons also perform minor surgery for conditions such as appendicitis, hernia, undescended testes and reflux.
Click here to find out more about Kate’s experience and specialists areas of interest, or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7182 7709 to arrange a consultation.