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Welcome to our visiting paediatrician, Dr Sat Bhatia

June 19, 2022


DR SATVINDER SINGH BHATIA, PAEDIATRICIAN, BM (SOTON), FRACP (PAEDS)

Dr "Sat" as he is popularly known as, earned his Bachelor Degree at Southampton Medical School, England, in 1989. He trained in Paediatric Medicine in England, Australia and New Zealand. He first came to New Zealand in 1993 and worked in the Children's Oncology Ward at Starship Hospital, Auckland. He then focussed on gaining his Specialist Paediatric Training which included rotating through the paediatric services at Starship, Middlemore and National Women's Hospitals. Dr Sat moved to Newcastle and then Melbourne, Australia for further training as a Paediatric Fellow and gained recognition as a Specialist Paediatrician with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (Paediatrics) in 2001. He worked as a consultant in the Birmingham Children's Hospital, England, and was then invited to return to New Zealand to help set up the Paediatric and Neonatal Service at North Shore Hospital, Auckland in 2003.

Sat is a family man married with supportive wife and three adult children.

Due to his medical training locations his children frequently changed schools. Yet they still had a large portion of their childhood in the Takapuna area and attended the local schools.

Having spent about 20 years in the North Shore, Dr Sat is very familiar with the local scene as well as health services for children and families.

Sat enjoys artistic painting, gardening and the occasional landscaping project such as making a deck or sunken garden.

SPECIALITY INTERESTS

Dr Sat is interested in all areas of general paediatrics including neonatal work, and has spend considerable time working in rural and remote Australia, working with indigenous communities. He is a member of the Maternal Fetal Medicine Panel, is passionate about Medical Education and is a coordinator for the Diploma of Paediatrics at The University of Auckland. He has interest in children and families who have high and complex needs and may have experienced chronic illness or prolonged hospitalisation. He is also very experienced in ADHD.

YOUNG INFANTS

Dr Bhatia has spent considerable time working in the Neonatal and Paediatric Service at North Shore Hospital. He is happy to receive referrals from midwives and community nurses who are concerned about a young baby's progress. It is of course vital in this and other age groups to have a holistic view including mother, baby, family and culture. The input of an experienced midwife and lactation consultant is so valuable in this setting.