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Refer a patient to the Gastroenterology department

The Gastroenterology department at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) specialises in the assessment and treatment of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract (from mouth to anus) and it's associated organs (pancreas and liver). This page provides more information about how to refer a patient to the Gastroenterology department.

Over 5,000 children with chronic and life-limiting gut conditions are seen each year via the Outpatient department and through inpatient admissions on Rainforest Ward, Kingfisher Ward and the Gastro Investigations Suite where investigations and observations take place.

Please see our admission criteria for information about the diagnoses treated by the Gastroenterology department at GOSH.

How to refer a patient

Please refer to the individual referral guidelines below:

For an outpatient appointment

As a tertiary care hospital, all children who attend Great Ormond Street Hospital must be referred via local hospital consultants or community paediatricians as GP referrals are not accepted.

Exceptions: children with suspected IBD, Coeliac disease and with siblings who have similar problems under the Gastroenterology team.

All children referred to the Gastroenterology department will be allocated to a consultant. The chosen consultant is usually determined by the wishes of the referring clinician or paediatrician. Occasionally a consultant with a special interest in the issues raised will be assigned to look after your child.

To make a referral to the Gastroenterology department, please write to:

Gastroenterology department
Level 5 Main Nurses Home
Great Ormond Street Hospital
London
WC1N 3JH

Alternatively please fax number 020 7813 8382.

For urgent admissions or advice on patients in local hospitals who are under gastroenterology care please call the GOSH switchboard on 020 7405 9200 and bleep the on-call gastroenterology registrar on Ext. 0661.

For urgent out-of-hours referrals please contact the GOSH switchboard on 020 7405 9200 and ask for the on-call gastroenterology registrar.

Contact can also be made through the clinician’s assistant on ext 5590 between 9am and 5pm.

How to get advice

For patients known to GOSH

Outpatient advice – secretarial team
  • Janice Lyons
    020 7405 9200 (ext 5971)
  • Natalie Sanchez
    020 7405 9200 (ext 5307)
Inpatient advice – clinician’s assistant team
  • Terry Sawney
    020 7405 9200 (ext 5590)
  • Melissa Firrell
    020 7405 9200 (ext 1339)
Admissions for the Gastroenterology Investigations Suite
  • Rosalynn Flynn
    020 7405 9200 (ext 6687) (pre-admission queries)
Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) for specific services
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Sibongile Chadokufa
    020 7405 9200 (ext 6982)
  • Bonnie Dyball
    020 7405 9200 (ext 1317)
Bone marrow transplant (BMT) for gut disease
  • Sibongile Chadokufa
    020 7405 9200 (ext 6982)
  • Bonnie Dyball
    020 7405 9200 (ext 1317)
Long term PN
  • Donna Forbes-Penfold
    020 7405 9200 (ext 1318)
  • Anna Hughes
    020 7405 9200 (ext 5912)
Gastroenterology specialist registrar

Contact the GOSH switchboard on 020 7405 9200 and ask for the gastroenterology specialist registrar on ext 0661.

For out-of-hours advice contact the GOSH switchboard on 0207 405 9200 and ask for the on-call gastroenterology specialist registrar.

Alternatively please email gastro@gosh.nhs.uk for any enquiries.

For patients not known to GOSH

Outpatient advice

Nadine MacLean, Administration Manager, 020 7405 9200 Ext 1261

Admission advice

Contact the GOSH switchboard on 020 7405 9200 and ask for the gastroenterology specialist registrar on Ext 0661.

For out-of-hours advice contact the GOSH switchboard on 0207 405 9200 and ask for the on-call gastroenterology specialist registrar.

Alternatively please email gastro@gosh.nhs.uk for any enquiries.

Services and facilities available

The Gastroenterology Investigation Suite provides unique paediatric investigations of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract.

These include:

  • upper and lower endoscopy

  • video capsule endoscopy

  • enteroscopy under short acting anaesthesia

  • pH studies

  • 24 hours oesophageal impedence tests

  • hydrogen breath testing

  • electrogastrography

  • high resolution manometric studies

Kingfisher Ward admissions coincide with a procedure booked on the Gastroenterology Investigation Suite. There are usually short stays such as day case investigations or a longer admission of no longer than five days, depending on the diagnosis and tests required.

Rainforest Ward admissions are for a longer plan of proposed investigation, assessment and monitoring.

Feedback and suggestions

All general feedback and suggestions can be directed to:

Gastroenterology Department
Level 5 Main Nurses Home
Great Ormond Street Hospital
London
WC1N 3JH

Management contacts for the service are as follows:

  • Andrea Cuff, Operational Manager
    020 7405 9200 (ext 0665)
  • Nadine MacLean, Administration Manager
    020 7405 9200 (ext 1261)
  • Dr Mamoun Elawad, Lead Clinician
    020 7405 9200 (ext 7864)