All children with a cleft lip and/or palate will need at least one operation under anaesthetic. We know that anaesthesia is something that concerns families so this information sheet from the North Thames Cleft Centre at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) and Broomfield Hospital answers the questions we are most commonly asked.
While everyone at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) is an expert in their field, you are the expert in your child. You will know better than us if they are not behaving as they usually do or seem different in some way. Studies have shown that caregivers are often the first people to spot changes in the health of their child, even when in a clinical environment.
This page from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains about one-way (speaking) valves, what they do and how to encourage your child to wear the valve. A one-way valve is a plastic attachment that fits on to the end of your child’s tracheostomy tube.
This page explains about transgastric jejunal feeding devices (also known as gastrojejunostomy or GJ devices), how they are inserted at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) and how you will need to look after it once you return home.
This page explains how to look after your child after they have had sclerotherapy for a malformation of their eye at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) and what to expect in the days following treatment.
A sweat test involves collecting sweat and measuring the amount of salts (chloride). This helps us to assess whether your child might have cystic fibrosis (CF), a genetic condition that affects the lungs and the digestive system. This page from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) describes what to expect when your child has a sweat test.
This page explains about ajmaline provocation tests, what is involved and what to expect when your child comes to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) for the test. An ajmaline provocation test is carried out to diagnose a specific condition called Brugada syndrome.
We know that coping with the diagnosis of cancer, coming to hospital, and treatment itself can be stressful and can leave you and your child with a range of different feelings. These feelings can include worry, confusion and anger and are all perfectly normal.