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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Encouraging your child to produce a healthy voice

There are many reasons why children’s voices may sound different in quality, loudness or pitch, to those of their friends, brothers and sisters. Your child’s speech and language therapist and/or ENT doctor will explain the specific reason why your own child is having voice difficulties. Whatever the reason, we know that there are certain things that your child can do to make the most of their voice. There may also be things that they are doing that make the problem worse. This page from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) is designed to help you to encourage your child to produce a healthy and efficient voice.

Kidney biopsy

A biopsy is a small sample of tissue taken from any area of the body so it can be examined under a microscope. A sample of kidney tissue may be taken using an endoscope (a thin, flexible tube with a bright light and camera). This page from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains the kidney biopsy procedure and what to expect when your child comes to GOSH to have one. 

Angiography and angioplasty

Angiography is a procedure that allows doctors to look at blood vessels in great detail using X-rays. If the doctors identify a narrowed portion (stenosis) of a blood vessel during the angiography procedure, they may stretch or widen it straightaway using a procedure called an angioplasty. This page from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains about an angiography and angioplasty procedure, what it involves and what to expect when your child comes to GOSH have one.

Linogram studies

A linogram study looks at your child’s central venous access device – either a central venous catheter (CVC), implantable port or peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) – when it is not working as well as it should. This page explains about linogram studies of central venous access devices, what is involved and what to expect when your child has one at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).
 

Nephrostogram studies

A nephrostogram study looks at your child’s nephrostomy tube, which drains urine from the kidney into a special bag. It uses contrast liquid, which shows up well on x-rays, inserted into the nephrostomy. This page from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains about nephrostogram studies, what is involved and what to expect when your child has one. 

Chest drains

A chest drain is a plastic tube inserted into the chest to drain off fluid or air that might be collecting there after an operation or accident or as a result of disease. This page from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains about chest drains and what to expect when your child has one.

Blood transfusion 

A blood transfusion is the process of giving blood donated by one person to another person who needs it. This page from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains about blood transfusions, what they involve and why they might be needed. 

Your child is having an hCG test

Hormones are chemical messengers that switch on and off processes within the body. Human Chorionic Gonadatrophin (hCG) is a hormone that mimics the action of luteinising hormone which is normally produced by the pituitary gland. This page from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains about the hCG test and what to expect when your child has the test.