Posted on Thursday 15th November 2012
Dr Lloyd Bwanaisa and Dr George Raptis
Two new Consultant Paediatricians have joined the team at West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven.
Dr Lloyd Bwanaisa and Dr George Raptis joined the North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust in September and have wasted no time in getting involved with new ways of working. The department is currently in the process of establishing Paediatric community clinics, with Consultants bringing care of their patients, closer to home.
Originally from Malawi, Dr Bwanaisa has been in the UK for around 11 years, working mainly in Birmingham and the West Midlands after training at University College London and qualifying in 1996. Dr Bwanaisa’s most recent post was in Barnstaple, North Devon which prepared him for the more relaxed lifestyle of West Cumbria: “It is good to get away from the city and move to somewhere calm. The people here are very genuine and appreciate what you do which is very rewarding”, he commented.
The university in Malawi which Dr Bwanaisa studied at had links with University College London and an opportunity arose to go over there to study for a postgraduate in Paediatric medicine. Dr Bwanaisa was awarded a British Council Scholarship to study medicine at University College London in 1991.
Dr Bwanaisa’s specialist interests include Gastroenterology with a specific focus on diarrhoeal research, and infectious disease and allergy.
Originally from Greece, Dr George Raptis undertook most of his training in Manchester and qualified in 2002. His specialist interests include allergies and ambulatory paediatrics (which is trying to look after children who are unwell without them having to be admitted to hospital). Dr Raptis is making the most of moving to Cumbria by spending his free time riding, cycling and walking in the Lake District.