The Urodynamics Unit is a busy day case unit at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). Children visit us for day case investigations, that is, they only come for the day and return home afterwards.
Who you will meet
Urodynamics Unit is mainly run by our team of clinical nurse specialists and health care assistant, who work closely with the doctors to help you get better.
The following members of staff will be available to help you during your visit to the Unit:
- Clinical Nurse Specialists: Karen Ryan, Lesley Healiss, Lyndsay Burgess, Sue Maestri
- Health Care Assistant: Julie Looney
Conditions we treat
We see children and young people of all ages with conditions affecting the bladder and bowel. We carry out a variety of investigations to assess how well your child’s bladder is working. Most tests are carried out in the unit, but some children may also need to visit the X-ray department on level 2 (ground floor) of the hospital. Most visits last from two to four hours, so please allow this long when planning your travel or parking.
Further information can be found:
You can learn more about our clinical specialties by visiting the link below:
Find out more about Urodynamics Day Care by watching our short video below.
A video transcript is also available.
Privacy and dignity
We do everything we can to protect the privacy and dignity of your child at all times during their stay at GOSH.
Security and fire
All members of staff must wear an identity badge at all times. If someone not wearing an identity badge approaches you or your child at any time, please check with a member of staff. If you are at all worried, please call security n extension 5999.
Our security guards are on duty in the hospital 24 hours a day, seven days week. They are here to protect all our staff, patients and visitors and do regular patrols f all the buildings. Remember if you see anything out of the ordinary, ask a member of staff to contact security. Try not to bring valuable items to the hospital, as we cannot accept responsibility for the loss of or damage to any personal belongings.
All parts of the hospital site are protected by a very sensitive fire alarm system. If you are on the unit when the fire alarm sounds continuously, please remain calm and follow the instructions from the nurse in charge. If you are elsewhere in the hospital, please remain where you are and follow the instructions from a member of staff. Do not return to the unit until the area is declared safe by the hospital fire team.
Smoking is not allowed anywhere on GOSH property, which includes inside any of the buildings or areas nearby including entrances. Please do not smoke in our main entrance or near hospital buildings, as we will ask you to move elsewhere.
What can I bring?
- If your child is still in nappies or pads, please bring a supply with you to cover the day plus a few extra.
- Please bring a spare set of underwear and/or clothes if your child requires regular changes.
- We send some families a frequency volume chart to complete before the appointment. If we have sent you one, please bring it with you.
Finding the unit
Volunteers near the main reception desk can escort you to the unit or give you directions.
GOSH is a smoke-free zone, which means that you cannot smoke anywhere inside hospital property and adjacent areas, such as entrances to hospital buildings.
You can use your mobile phone inside the hospital, but only within designated ‘mobile phone friendly zones’. Using your mobile elsewhere could cause interference with our medical equipment.
We will not tolerate any kind of inappropriate or threatening behaviour – verbal, physical or psychological – and we have a policy to ensure that this is dealt with appropriately. We can and will remove people from GOSH in these circumstances.
If you have any questions about visiting, please telephone the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (Pals) Office before you visit on 020 7829 7862.
You are a valued member of your child‘s healthcare team and we encourage you to take part in his or her care as much as possible while in hospital.
Mobile phones can be used in the cubicle, and the corridor outside the unit. Using them elsewhere can interfere with our medical equipment, and can also be disruptive to other families. You can use your mobile phone around the hospital but only in designated mobile-friendly zones.
The Urodynamics unit has a playroom/waiting room with some facilities.
We have a selection of juices and water available to drink during your visit. If your child has any specific likes or dislikes, please bring along your own drinks.