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.

Cleft palate repair

Cleft palate repair is an operation to repair defects of the hard and soft palate. This page explains about the operation to repair a cleft palate and what to expect when your child comes to the North Thames Cleft Service for the operation.

Food suggestions following cleft surgery

After cleft surgery, it is advisable to have a sloppy or soft diet for the first two weeks. Your child will find this more comfortable and it will reduce the risk of damage to the repair. Your child should be able to build up to their normal diet by the third week. This information sheet about suggested foods accompanies the cleft surgery information sheets produced by Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). 


Pharyngoplasty is an operation to change the shape and function of the soft palate and the area around it called the pharynx. This page explains about the pharyngoplasty operation and what to expect when your child comes to the North Thames Cleft Service for the operation.

Surgery for epilepsy

Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) has had a programme for surgery for treating epilepsy in children since 1992. GOSH has the facilities needed for the investigations, tests and treatment your child may need. These facilities are specifically for children and the specialists who use them have many years’ experience of children with epilepsy.

MEG scans

The brain works by a series of nerve impulses, which cause electrical signals within the brain. These signals (also called brainwaves) can be recorded through the scalp using an electroencephalogram (EEG). The electrical signals also produce weak magnetic fields, which can be measured through the skull and scalp using a magnetoencephalogram (MEG) scan.