Procedures and treatments

Preparing a child for a procedure or treatment can be an anxious occasion. Great Ormond Street Hospital have produced a number of factsheets to help explain what will happen and what to expect.

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Search for information on procedures and treatments at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Research at GOSH

Research can improve children’s lives, offering new ways of treating diseases or developing new medicines. This information sheet from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains about the research we do and how to find out more.

Contact with blood and bodily fluids

On very rare occasions, a member of staff might injure themselves in such a way it is possible that your child’s bodily fluids could enter their body. Bodily fluids include saliva, urine and faeces (poo) but this page from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) is mainly concerned with blood. It explains what will happen if a member of staff comes into contact with your child’s bodily fluids in such a way that there is a risk of transmitting infection.

Bowel washouts using an antegrade colonic enema (ACE)

Bowel washouts are a method of dealing with constipation or with soiling, which is the leakage of faeces (poo) other than during a bowel movement. If other methods fail, doctors may recommend bowel washouts using an antegrade colonic enema (ACE). This can also be called the Malone or MACE method. This page from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains about bowel washouts using an ACE and what to expect when your child has treatment.

Toe to hand transfer

This page explains about the toe to hand transfer operation which can be used to create a new digit for children who have short or missing fingers. It also
outlines what you can expect when your child comes to GOSH for assessment and treatment.