Dr Sara Watkin, Specialist Paediatrician & Neonatologist
About Me – Paediatrician & Neonatologist
I moved to Grand Cayman in July 2016 to take up post, originally, as Specialist Paediatrician in Camana Bay and Specialist Neonatologist (newborn & preterm care) with full admitting rights to the neonatal unit and paediatric wards at George Town Hospital (HSA). Whereas my George Town Hospital care remains unchanged, I am now delighted to be based in Grand Harbour at The Medical Clinic. I moved to Grand Cayman from the UK, where I was Chief of Service for the Neonatal Service at University College London Hospitals, one of the UK’s most prestigious services, having previously been Chief of Service in Nottingham prior to this.
I have more than 23 years experience at consultant-level in UK paediatrics and neonatal medicine, where I gained 9 clinical excellence awards (the maximum number), having attained my specialist registration in paediatrics and undertaken tertiary level training in both paediatrics and neonatal medicine, including within World-famous Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital.
GMC REGISTRATION: Full registration July 1987. No: 3120873
SPECIALIST REGISTER: 1996 General Paediatrics
DEFENCE UNION: Medical Protection Society. No: 209948
You can find out much more about my clinical background here: Dr Sara Watkin, Paediatrician, Grand Cayman – detailed
Neonatal, Newborn & Paediatric Care Services & Conditions
Here are the services I offer as a Specialist Paediatrician & Neonatologist in Grand Cayman. You will see that some of the bullets are purple – meaning they link through to more detailed information.
I am especially experienced in newborn care and a very safe pairs of hands at delivery to ensure no complications or a rapid response if there are. This is followed up with baby clinic appointments and urgent care to address the range of paediatric (pediatric) care and development needs your newborn baby has, especially through the first year of life.
- Attending deliveries
- Baby checks
- Early care
- 1st year of life care
- Breastfeeding advice
- Feeding, nutrition & growth
- Immunisation & vaccination
- Congenital abnormalities
- Wheezing & Breathing Difficulties
That’s not a comprehensive list but it contains most of the more common aspects of care that I provide for. My experience & training means I cover the full spectrum of more complex problems too but these are obviously rare in a population of our size here in Cayman.
The majority of deliveries in Grand Cayman go without complication. However, birth itself is not 100% predictable and there is a distinct proportion, more for certain types of delivery modes, of infants that need urgent care or admission to the neonatal unit. In Grand Cayman, it is rare for parents to ‘book’ me for neonatal care because it is generally either provided in urgent circumstances or I am brought in by your obstetrician for known complications or concerns. I am the only neonatal specialist with full admitting rights to George Town Hospital for private patients and so if there itends to be me! However, I my experience in neonatal medicine is extensive:
- Neonatal resusciation & life support
- Preterm birth from 23 weeks gestation
(ELBW – extremely low birth weight, VLBW – very and upwards from there)
- Growth restriction and small for dates
- Birth asphyyxia, including head & body cooling as an intervention
- Respiratory distress, including surfactant administration & all forms of ventilation
- Cardiac and circulatory issues
- Congenital abnormalities
- Newborn infections & immune problems
Over the coming months, I am intending to expand the information available to parents who are at risk of, or who suddenly find themselves with, a preterm infant. We do have an excellent neonatal unit with first class staff here in Cayman.
I operate a very busy paediatric service that prides itself on the highest standards of paediatric care, fully up-to-date and tailored to the needs of each child and their parents. My children’s clinic appointments are available through the week at convenient times. Conditions covered or services provided include:
- Development, developmental follow up & milestones
- Immunisation & vaccinations
- Ongoing feeding and nutrition advice and conditions
- Allergies and intolerances e.g. Cows Milk Intolerance & nut allergy
- Growth advice and concerns
- Skin, spots, rashes and other blemishes
- Fevers, viruses etc including bronchiolitis
- Asthma, wheezing & exercise intolerance
- Ears, noses, throats & eyes
(occasionally these require referrals to ENT or eye specialists too)
- Urgent or emergency care
(I have full admitting rights to the GTH paediatric wards and we have an urgent care service in-house too)
Again, it’s not a comprehensive list but it covers most of what we provide. My tertiary training in acute and general paediatrics means that I am able to cover rare and quite complex conditions, so please ask if you don’t see what you need above.
Booking with Dr Watkin
Paediatrics at The Medical Clinic – Grand Harbour Medical Suites at Grand Harbour (near Hurleys)
Monday to Friday:
0900 – 1300 Morning Clinic
(last morning appointment is 1230)
1400 – 1700 Afternoon Clinic
(last afternoon appointment is 1630
0800 – 1300
(last clinic appointment is 1230)
For appointments, or to confirm I am available, please contact (345) 949-4309 and reception will happily book you in. You can text me personally to (345) 326 7827 but I may not be able to respond immediately if I am with patients & parents.
I pride myself in my availability and accessibility. I regularly take calls in the evening, weekend and at night. I live 10 minutes from George Town and can be at the hospital in 15 minutes from the point of an urgent phone call.
My parents know that they can call me when they need me and they’ll never be made to feel that they shouldn’t have called.
Choosing a Newborn Paediatrician
Many parents first choose a paediatrician when they are about to have their first child and then maintain that relationship throughout their child’s childhood. I always suggest meeting paediatricians to see who best meets your needs. You can meet me for free antenatally, where we can discuss birth, immediate newborn care and address any questions you may have.
Booking an Appointment for Consultation/Care
You can call on (345) 949-4309 and reception will happily book you in.
If I have not answered anything or you simply wish to make contact with a query or question, you can reach me as follows:
BY EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
BY PHONE: (345) 326 7827