Dr Chelvi Kukendrarajah

Dr Chelvi Kukendrarajah

MBBS MSc MRCP FRCPCH

Paediatrics (Pediatrics)

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1 specialist

31 years of experience
22 years as a specialist
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Overall Rating

Overall

4.85

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4.83

Explanation

4.83

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“Dr. Kukendra was a welcome relief to the parental stress we were suffering. Suspecting your child may have some issues together with the world of complicated concerns places parents in a compromising position. Having Dr Kukendra to lead us through that minefield was a life saver. She is clearly an expert in her field as she was able to "dumb" everything down for us into its simplest form. She is thorough, knowledgable, competent, kind and helpful. I cannot thank her or recommend her enough.“
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Subspecialties

  • Child Mental Health
  • Paediatric (Pediatric) Neurodevelopment
  • Paediatric (Pediatric) Neurodisability
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Languages spoken

  • English
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Registered with

  • General Medical Council: 3289688
  • General Osteopathic Council: 3289688
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    Practices worked at

    The Wellington Hospital Elstree Waterfront

    The Waterfront Beaufort House Elstree Road, Elstree, United Kingdom, WD6 3BS
    245 reviews

    The Portland Hospital

    234 Great Portland Street, London, United Kingdom, W1W 5QT
    1245 reviews

    About

    Dr Chelvi Kukendrarajah is a Consultant Paediatrician and Lead Clinician for the Central North West London Foundation Trust Community Paediatric Services in Hillingdon. She is a Consultant Paediatrician with an excellent record of training and many years of clinical experience. After graduation, she trained in Paediatrics and obtained her Membership of the Royal College of Paediatrics. In 2003, and `she is a Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics in 2003.

    Dr Kukendrarajah worked in the internationally renowned National Centre for Social Communication disorder, Harper House Children's Service in Radlett and in various Teaching hospitals such as St Mary's Paddington and The Royal Free Hospital, London. During her Paediatric training she specialised in Neurodevelopmental problems and Neurodisabilities and received a Masters degree at the University College London (UCL). Dr Kukendrarajah is fully trained and experienced in the use of specialist instruments such as standardised assessments 3Di - Developmental, Dimensional and Diagnostic Interview, DISCO, diagnostic interview check list for neurodevelopmental assessment, and Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) and Bayley III.

    Dr Kukendrarajah has a particular interest and extensive experience in the diagnosis and management of social communication disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorders and co existing conditions ADHD, Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (Dyspraxia), Learning Difficulties, and Sleeping and Feeding disorders.

    She has wide experience of working with a multi disciplinary team consisting of Speech and Language Therapists, Clinical Psychologists, Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists. In addition she has considerable experience in collaborative work with a wider Paediatric network, and agencies such as Education and Social Services.

    Her approach is child and family centered, which empowers them to make informed decisions and choices. She provides robust, evidence based developmental diagnoses, which many parents find invaluable in helping to choose interventions and secure support for their children.

    Dr Kukendrarajah sometimes provides private joint assessments with highly specialist speech and language therapists for the

    Diagnosis and Management of Autism Spectrum Disorder and associated conditions such as ADHD, Challenging Behaviour, sleep and feeding problems. 

    She has a team of highly specialist Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational therapists, Clinical Psychologists and

    jointly works with Child Psychiatrists.

    Speech and language therapists in her Team use Attention Autism intervention developed by Gina Davis, a tool with a proven record predominantly in preschool and primary school children. Therapists who regularly attend ADOS-2 reliability in order to independently validate the scoring of ADOS -2 assessment. They have more 80% reliability rating. 

    In her NHS role, in line with the recommendations of NICE, Dr Kukendrarajah has developed an excellent service for Autism Spectrum Disorder and some of the co-existing conditions. She produced a comprehensive Assessment Tool which has proved invaluable and is now beginning to be recognised for use by other service providers.

     Dr. Kukendrarajah continuously reviews and updates her skills in line with current evidence and NICE/SIGN guidelines to achieve and maintain high quality services. She hold several 'Clinical Excellence Awards' for her hard work in the NHS.

    http://www.childrensdevelopmentspecialist.co.uk


    Reviews:

    Community.scope.org.uk - Parents and carers

     

    My 22 month old was recently diagnosed with Mild Cerebral Palsy.I had been to see so

    many people and all missed the diagnosis. I seen a lady,after researching

    myself, in the Clementine Churchill Hospital, Sudbury Hill, Harrow, HA1 3RX.

    Her name is Dr. Chelvi Kukendra-Rajah and she is fantastic. Diagnosed him in

    first consultation and referred me to a brilliant physiotherapist. I did go

    private with BUPA for this consultation and his MRI but she does work in

    Hillingdon NHS hospital in a child development centre and that’s where I seen

    the physio too.

    http://www.mummytries.com/our-autism-journey-with-the-portland-hospital

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    Medical procedures

    • Autism Assessment
    • ADHD Assessment
    • Paediatric (Pediatric) Consultation
    • Paediatric Epilepsy (Initial Management and Follow-Up)
    • Video Consultation
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    Special interests

    • Autism
    • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
    • Child Development
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    Education

    Primary Medical Qualification:

    MBBS University of Peradeniya,Srilanka

    LRCP 1988 Royal College of Physicians of London

    MRCS 1988 Royal College of Surgeons of England

    MRCP 1993 Royal College of Physicians of London

    MSc in Community Child Health 1998 ICH London.

    FRCPCH 2002 Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health England

    Specialist Register entry date:

    General Paediatrics From 21 Jun 1999

    Paediatrics (Paediatric Community Child Health) From 21 Jun 1999

     

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    Reviews

    4.84 Overall Patient Trust rating
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    Autism Assessment
    3/48
    Autism
    2/48
    Paediatric Neurodevelopment
    2/48
    Paediatrics
    2/48
    ADHD Assessment
    1/48
    ASD / ADHD
    1/48
    ASD ADHD SPD
    1/48
    Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
    1/48
    DCD
    1/48
    Investigate for possible dyspraxia
    1/48
    consultation
    1/48
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    Patient seen for:
    ADHD Assessment Autism Assessment Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
    Dr. Kukendra was a welcome relief to the parental stress we were suffering. Suspecting your child may have some issues together with the world of complicated concerns places parents in a compromising position. Having Dr Kukendra to lead us through that minefield was a life saver. She is clearly an expert in her field as she was able to "dumb" everything down for us into its simplest form. She is thorough, knowledgable, competent, kind and helpful. I cannot thank her or recommend her enough.
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
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    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Paediatric Neurodevelopment
    Dr Kukendra is the most supportive, understanding professional I have encountered since dealing with my son's health issues. She is thorough, knowledgeable and extremely efficient. Dr Kukendra gives very clear, practical sound advice and she is an instrumental part of my sons health care team. I would not hesitate to recommend her to any one looking for an absolute Specialist in children's development and Paediatrics. I also have to add that her admin team are also amazing and communications have been prompt!
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    (5/5)
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    Patient seen for:
    DCD Paediatric Neurodevelopment
    I was unable to understand the reason for my child's difficulties and was struggling to find the right therapist when we got referred to Dr.Kukendra. I was pleasantly surprised that we didn't have to wait too long to see her. We got a Saturday appointment with her the same week on Zoom. She didn't take long to grasp the problem and was accurately able to diagnose the issue. She then referred us to really good specialists and ensured that my child got the right course of therapy. None of the doctors who had seen my child previously could point out the problems which Dr.Kukendra identified in just one zoom meeting. She hadn't even had a chance to do a physical examination of my child. Dr.Kukendra has a very holistic approach and her ability to accurately identify conditions without wasting time is highly impressive. She and her administrative team always ensure that queries are swiftly answered, which is helpful when you have been referred to multiple specialists. Dr.Kukendra's medical expertise and insight is remarkable and I would highly recommend her.
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    (5/5)
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    Dr Kukendrarajah was very flexible with us, considering we met her for assessments over zoom during the height of Covid-19. The professionalism by her and her team is very high, and she’s very personable which I think we don’t generally consider as an important thing, however in anxious pandemic times, this is a Godsend. She was able to fill the gap that’s hard to fill when you’re not meeting face-to-face, and was later available to field any questions. I’d definitely recommend
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    Overall
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    (5/5)
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    Patient seen for:
    ASD ADHD SPD
    Dr Kukendra has been an extremely important part of the journey to understand our sons issues and forming a diagnosis for him. She is highly experienced and has made herself available throughout our journey and has assisted us without hesitation every time we have needed her, from medication to steering us in the right direction with other professionals, enabling us to get an EHCP for our son. This is a journey that is ongoing but I know with Dr K on our team everything is possible. Many thanks
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    Overall
    (4/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
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    (4/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Investigate for possible dyspraxia
    The two consultation meetings were very helpful, the consultants chosen for the detailed assessments gave relevant professional assessments and advice, and the final reports we received are very useful for us in understanding our daughter's medical conditions and providing appropriate support for her now and in the future.
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    Overall
    (5/5)
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    (5/5)
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    Patient seen for:
    Autism
    I would highly recommend Dr Kukendrarajah who completed an assessment of my son. We have seen multiple pediatricians over the past 6 years and she was the first one who seemed to understand my son's issues and give him a diagnosis of ASD. She suggested my son had DCD which had been overlooked by all the other healthcare professionals we have seen and following her recommendations we have recently had an OT assessment who has confirmed the DCD diagnosis. I'm really grateful to her as I'm sure this would have been missed if not for her recommendations. She has an excellent manner and is very empathetic, her report was very in depth and has really helped at my sons school with their application for an educational care plan. The school have praised the report and I have found it has been a great help in getting him more support at school. Would highly recommend to others.
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    (5/5)
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    Patient seen for:
    Paediatrics
    Dr Kukendrarajah has been very supportive, patient and empathetic. Her assessment was very thorough.
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    (5/5)
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    Patient seen for:
    ASD / ADHD
    I was impressed. Dr Kukendrarajah was very empathetic. Obviously very knowledgeable (which was a given - but combination of empathy + knowledge isn't always a given with some medical people). She was also very accommodating in allowing a follow-up conversation to be by Skype video, which my wife and I found very valuable. Also extremely thorough. I do feel that we have moved our daughter's situation on positively because of Dr Kukendrarajah's input. Thank you!
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    (5/5)
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    (5/5)
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    Patient seen for:
    Paediatrics consultation
    We've visited Dr. Kukendrarajah twice, this and last year, coming from abroad. Very professional and enjoyable experience. She provided a lot of information and her reports described in details the situation and provided useful recommendation on how to deal with our autistic son meltdowns. We are truly grateful for her support and assistance.
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    Peer recommendations

    Recommended by 1 doctor for:
    1

    Paediatrics (Pediatrics)

    Dr Chaniyil Ramesh
    Dr Chaniyil Ramesh
    Paediatrics (Pediatrics)

    17-06-2021

    I know Dr Kukendrarajah as a consultant colleague currently working in Hillingdon. Dr Kukendrarajah is specialised in autism and developmental disorders in children. From my experience of working as a colleague and having had the feedback of parents of children referred whom I referred to Dr Kukendrarajah, I have no hesitation in recommending her as a Paediatrician with expertise in her specialty.

    For specialty: Paediatrics (Pediatrics)
    For conditions: Child Development
    For procedures: Autism Assessment, ADHD Assessment, Well Baby Check
    Connection: Is a colleague

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