Enquiries: 01305 251150


Updated 18 February 2021


Dr Penny Mancais

MB BS, London, 1989
DCH, 1994
MRCPCH, 1996
Diploma Neurodisabiliy, Sheffield, 2003
FRCPCH, 2005

I did five years with the Royal Navy on leaving medical school. I did several years of adult medicine and a year of general practice before embarking on my paediatric career.
I have had extensive general paediatric training in London and the West Midlands. I have been at Dorchester since 2003 as a paediatric consutlant

Special interests
Clinical lead
Governance lead for paediatrics 
Children with complex neurodisability and associated medical problems
Childhood epilepsy 
Paediatric Palliative Care and End of Life
Under 5 ASD assessments
Child protection assessments

Blandford second Thursday of the month AM
ASD clinic every Monday
Epilepsy clinics three times a month
Neurodisability clinics weekly

Rapid access during call weeks

Yewstock school termly

01305 253332


Dr Julie Doherty

MB ChB 1987 Liverpool University
BSc Hons Joint Medical Cell Biology and Biochemistry (Liverpool 1984 intercalated)
MRCP (UK) 1992
Diploma Medical Education 2004 (Dundee University)

Special interests
Paediatric gastroenterology
Paediatric Rheumatology (shared care)
Child Protection Assessments 

First Tuesday mornings of the month - Weymouth Primary Care Clinics
Second and fourth weeks  Tuesday mornings (Paediatric gastroenterology clinic, Children's centre) and Friday mornings (General Paediatrics, Weymouth Community Hospital) - referrals accepted on a Patch basis

Coeliac clinics (for confirmed diagnoses) -joint paediatric & dietetic clinics on Thursdays x3 per year

Joint Paediatric gastroenterology clinics with tertiary paediatric gastroenterologist Prof Beattie x3 per year (2nd Thursdays in Jan / May/ Sept)

Referrals via GP/ HV referral – on a Patch based system for general paediatrics
Shared Care Paediatric Rheumatology Clinics clinics (with Dr Alice Leahy from University Hospitals Southampton) three times per year (Monday afternoons).

01305 255182 (secretary)


Dr William Ward

MB ChB, Leicester, 1991

Special interests
Paediatric diabetes

Paediatric diabetes clinics on a Tuesday morning, weeks 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
Paediatric diabetes clinics on Thursday afternoons, weeks 1, 3 and 5

Secretary Sharon Brooks 01305 254751


Dr Philip Wylie

MBChB, 1984, Bristol
BSc, 1981, Bristol
DCH, 1987, London
MRCP, 1987, London
Dip Obs, 1988, NZ
DTM&H, 1992, London
FRCPCH, 1997

General paediatrician covering in Bridport

Special interests
Paediatric oncology
Paediatric allergy 

The Children's Centre, DCH - first and second Tuesday and the fourth Thursday each month
Bridport Community Hospital - third and fourth Tuesday of the month
Allergy Clinic, DCH, Thursday AM week three of every month

01305 253331


Dr Wendy D’Arrigo

BSc, St Andrews, 1994
MBChB, Dundee, 1987
MRCP, Edinburgh, 1991
FRCPCH, 2001

1988 – 1996, paediatric rotations in Dundee and Perth
1996 – 2001, paediatrics and community paediatrics in Islington with neurodisability training at GOSH
2001 – 2007, consultant community paediatrician in Islington with interests in ASD, ADHD, cerebral palsy and learning difficulties

Monday and Tuesday mornings – Dorchester
1st, 3rd and 5th Friday mornings of each month – Weymouth
Thursday morning – once per month at The Forum School

Special interests
Designated doctor for safeguarding at DCHFT and designated doctor for child deaths for West Dorset, Dorset CCG.

Neurodisability including neurobehavioural problems

Key members of the team
Our team includes a neuro-behaviour support nurse who runs workshops for families and has a small amount of time to work with individual families.

Clinical work: 01305 253730 (secretary)
Child deaths and safeguarding work: 01305 254748


Dr Phil Parslow (General Paediatrics with an interest in Paediatric Nephrology)


BSc (Hons) 1996 Manchester
MB ChB 1999 Manchester
MRCPCH 2002 London
Postgraduate Certificate Medical Education 2006 Dundee

Grew up in Dorset, attended medical school in Manchester. Did House Officer and Senior House Officer posts in North West before returning to Wessex for paediatric registrar training.

Worked in Dorchester as registrar on three occasions before obtaining consultant post in October 2009.

Training Programme Director for Paediatrics in Wessex.

Special interests
Paediatric nephrology
Medical eduation

General Paediatrics (Childrens Centre DCH) Monday mornings weeks 1& 3 of the month
Paediatric Nephrology (Childrens Centre DCH) Monday mornings weeks 2& 4 of the month

General paediatrics Blandford Community Hospital All day Thursday week 1 & 3

01305 253332 


Dr Wei Liang Yap

MBChB, Glasgow, 1999
MRCPCH, 2004

Consultant in DCH since 2011
General paediatric training in West of Scotland region 2001-2005
Higher specialist paediatric training in Wessex region 2005-2011

Weekly new-patient and follow-up clinics in the Children’s Centre
Monthly follow-up clinics at some of the special schools: Mountjoy, Wyvern, Westfield 

Special interests
Neurodisability and neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism spectrum conditions and ADHD
We have regular links with Core-CAMHS, and Learning-Disability CAMHS (SWIFTS)

01305 254703


Dr Abby Deketelaere

BMed Sci 1997 Nottingham
BMBS 1999 Nottingham

Special interests
Pre-school development (post SCBU)

Neonatal Follow Up clinic 1st and 2nd  Thursday of the month
General paediatric clinics  2nd, 4th, & 5th Wednesdays and 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th Fridays of the month.

Key members of the team
Cath Kopecky, specialist physiotherapist for neonatal follow-up clinic

01305 253331


Dr William Verling

BSc (London) 1998
MBBS 2001 (GKT)

I trained in London, intercalating a BSc in Psychology before graduating in 2001. I did house jobs in Brighton and Tonbridge Wells prior to six months ED in Brisbane/Outback Australia. I then started paediatric training and have worked in Brighton, Wessex and Severn Deanery prior to gaining my consultant post in Dorchester.

Special interests
Ambulatory care
Cystic Fibrosis

New treatments introduced
Set up rapid access clinics in Dorchester.
Helped set up combined behavioural clinic in Weymouth

Wed AM - general/respiratory/CF clinics on alternating weeks
Fri AM - combined behavioural/general Weymouth alternating weeks
Started virtual outpatient clinics at DCH

01305 255206


Dr Ruth Newman

Imperial College School of Medicine 1999-2005
CCT January 2019

Joined DCH in April 2019. Trained in general paediatrics.
Majority of training in Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton.
Instruct on Acute Paediatric Life Support courses
 Joint medical student and physician's associate lead

Special interests
Undertaking MSc in Allergy at Southampton and joining the allergy service at DCH.
Chronic fatigue.

Allergy clinics
Chronic fatigue clinics
General paediatric clinics (Dorchester and Bridport)

01305 255206


Dr Clare Hollingsworth

BM Medicine (Hons), Southampton 2005
MRCPCH, 2010
PGCert Paediatrics and Child Health (Distinction), Imperial College 2016

2007-2018, General paediatric training in Wessex.

I was appointed as a General Paediatrician in Dorchester in September 2018. I have taken the lead for paediatric critical care utilising the experience I gained working in Paediatric Intensive Care in Southampton from 2015-2016.

I am joining Dr Parslow in covering outpatients in North Dorset, with a regular clinic at Blandford Community Hospital.
I am the paediatric representative at the maternal-foetal MDT and for the Cygnet Home Birth Team.

I have an interest in education and am educational supervisor for two foundation doctors as well as recently taking on the role of college tutor within paediatrics. I am also developing an interest in paediatric endocrinology alongside the tertiary specialists from Southampton and am now leading the paediatric arm of the regional familial hypercholesterolemia service. I am the deputy lead for shared care paediatric oncology.​

Special interests
Paediatric critical care
Paediatric endocrinology

All day general paediatric clinic (new and follow-up) on Thursdays in Blandford, weeks 1,3 and 4.

01305 255206


Dr Deepa Shenoy

MBBS 2003
CCT 2016

I completed my basic medical degree from Bangalore Medical College in India. All my Paediatric training has been mainly in Wessex with 18 months of Paediatric Cardiology experience at Southampton. I have worked at Dorset County Hospital during my training before being appointed as a Consultant in 2016.

Special Interests
Paediatric Cardiology
Joint lead for medical students and Physicians associates
SHO rota co-ordinator
Weekly Learning zone co-ordinator

Weekly Wednesday General Paediatric clinic covering Dorchester Patch
First and last Thursday General Paediatric clinic covering Dorchester Patch
Twice monthly Monday Cardiac Clinic jointly with Dr Bokhandi from Poole
Monthly tertiary Cardiac Clinic with Dr Black ,Paediatric Cardiologist from Southampton

Secretary Paula Bull: 01305253331


Dr Salwa Hanna (Specialty Doctor in Community Paediatrics)

DCH, 1994, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, London
MRCPCH, 2002, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, London

Trained in general paediatrics in different hospitals in the UK. Specialised in community paediatrics since 1998.
Started working part-time with Dorset County Hospital in community paediatrics in 2002.
Also work part-time in community paediatrics for East Dorset.

Special interests
Paediatrics neurodevelopment

Based at Dorset County Hospital. Clinics held at the hospital and peripheral clinics at different locations depending on the service needs.

01305 254707