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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Coming to Chameleon Ward from the intensive care units at GOSH

This leaflet explains about the process of transferring a child from the Paediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Units (PICU/NICU) at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) to Chameleon Ward. When your child’s condition improves and they no longer need specialist intensive care, they will transfer to Chameleon Ward once the appropriate bed is available.

Bladder sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy is a procedure used to treat various types of vascular malformations, such as lymphatic and venous malformations. Both types of malformation can occur within the bladder and other parts of the urinary system such as the urethra. This information sheet from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains about bladder sclerotherapy, why it might be suggested and what to expect when your child comes to GOSH for treatment.

Quantitative Sensory Testing

Quantitative Sensory Testing (often called ’QST‘) allows us to measure changes in sensitivity to different types of sensations that can include temperature, touch or pressure. This information sheet from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains quantitative sensory testing for chronic pain and what to expect.

Colonic transit (pellet) study

A colonic transit study is a test that shows how quickly food passes through the digestive system. This may also be called a pellet study.  It starts when you give your child some pellets to swallow on three consecutive days. On the fourth day, they will need to come into hospital for an x-ray. If there are some pellets seen on this x-ray you might be asked to return for a second x-ray on day 6. This information sheet from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains about the transit study test and what to expect when your child has one.