Dr Ula El-Kafrawy

Consultant - Neo-natal Unit

Telephone Number: 01204 390390 x3458

Professional Background

Dr El-Kafrawy obtained an MB ChB from the Royal College of Surgeons - Ireland in 1985, in 1988 she obtained a DRCOG and FP Certificate, she got an MRCP from London in 1994 and in 2008 a Certificate in Work Based Medical Education from Manchester University and an Expert Witness Certificate from Cardiff University Law School.

Dr El-Kafrawy has previously worked as a consultant neonatologist at Salford Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust between 2003 and 2011. She was made an Honorary Consultant at Manchester University in 2010 and an Honorary Consultant at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital in 2011. She came to work for Bolton NHS Foundation Trust in 2011.

In 2001 she became a Neonatal Life Support Provider, in 2002 a Neonatal Life Support Instructor for the Resuscitation Council UK and in 2012 she became Neonatal Life Support Director for the Resuscitation Council UK.

She is a member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, the British Association of Perinatal Medicine, the British Medical Association, the Medial Protection Society and the Associate Practitioner Higher Education Academy.

Special Interests and Research

Dr El-Kafrawy has an interest in neonatal echocardiography, medical education and research. She has been chief investigator for a published research study completed at Salford Royal University Teaching Hospital which showed that the current integral scale method of weighing ventilated neonates is inaccurate. In conjunction with the Salford Royal Hospital Medical Physics Department she developed and patented a ventilator tube compensator device to counterbalance the inaccuracy of weighing ventilated neonates on integral incubator scales. Currently she is looking to develop and fund the device.

Dr El-Kafrawy has raised the profile of adherence to infection control amongst parents visiting their infants on the neonatal intensive care unit. She has completed an interventional study at Salford Royal Hospital as chief investigator that involved the instalment of a computerised audio-visual device (CAVICI) to raise awareness of infection control. She was awarded funding to further develop the CAVICI and a further study across Greater Manchester has been adopted by the NIHR Greater Manchester Research Network in 2016-2017.


El-kafrawy U, Taylor R J. Optimising care of ventilated infants by improving weighing accuracy on incubator scales. The Journal of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine 9 (2016) 377-383.

Chapter, ‘Optimising neonatal intensive care; Reducing Infant Transfusions’ Neonatal Intensive Care: Issues, Insights and Studies
Editors: Elizabeth Sanders. 2016

Chapter, ‘Strategies to increase awareness and adherence to infection control and reduce nosocomial infection rates in neonatal intensive care’. Advances in Medicine and Biology, Volume 76, 2014. Nova Publications.

El-Kafrawy U, Taylor R.J, Francis N, Boussabaine E, Badrideen M. Increasing awareness and adherence to infection control. Infant 2013; 9(4):139-41.

El-Kafrawy U, Taylor R.J, Francis N, Boussabaine E, Badrideen M. Effectiveness of a neonatal intensive care unit access intercom linked audiovisual display monitor highlighting infection control procedures. Am J infect Control 2013;41(8):749-750

RJ Taylor, El-Kafrawy U. A simple inexpensive audio-visual reminder of infection control procedures on entry to a neonatal intensive care unit. Journal of Hospital Infection 2012; 82, 3; 203-206.

El-Kafrawy U. Optimising the care of ventilated neonates by obtaining accurate incubator scale weights obviating the risks of disconnection from ventilation. Proceedings of Paediatrics Academic Societies Annual Meeting (PAS). Boston April 2012

El-Kafrawy U, A novel device to improve the accuracy of incubator scale weights on ventilated neonates. Oct 2010 Proceedings of European Academy of Paediatric Societies 3rd Congress, Copenhagen.

El-Kafrawy U, Settle P. A novel device to improve the accuracy of incubator scale weights on ventilated neonates. March 2010 Proceedings of Neonatal Society Royal Society of Medicine, London

Dasgupta S, El-Kafrawy U. Minerva. BMJ 2007; 334

Kafrawy.U, Stewart.D. An Evaluation of Brainstem Death Documentation: The importance of full documentation. Paediatric Anaesthesia Jul 2004,14(7):584-588

Dr Ula El-Kafrawy works in the following services:

Children’s Outpatients

The children’s outpatients service is delivered from a child friendly and welcoming department based at Bolton One. Children are seen by consultant paediatricians who work as part of a team of professionals including experienced children’s nurses, play specialists, allied practitioners, support workers and clerical staff. Apart from general paediatric clinics, there are various other clinics, phlebotomy (blood testing) clinics and some day case investigation and specialist immunisation services.

Neonatal Unit

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Bolton is one of three centres of excellence within Greater Manchester providing specialist care to sick and preterm infants. Our highly skilled professional team provides family centred care to ensure an excellent, positive family experience. The unit provides care for Bolton families as well as serving Greater Manchester and other areas when required.