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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. 

50 year reunion for the Nursing Class of '68

The NHS was launched on 5 July 1948, by the then Health Secretary, Aneurin Bevan, at Park Hospital in Manchester. For the first time, hospitals, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, opticians and dentists were brought together under one umbrella to provide services for free at the point of delivery. To celebrate 70 years of the NHS, we've been hearing from some of the people who have helped to shape it.

Transition from paediatric craniofacial services to adult craniofacial services

Transition is a planned process. It aims to:
  • Prepare the young person for adult services
  • Ensure that when that transfer happens it is a smooth and staged process
  • Involve the young person in decisions about their care and move to adult services
This page aims to offer some suggestions for young people and their parents about how you as a family might be helped through this process. 

Referrals to the Psychological Medicine Service & National Tourette Syndrome Clinic

We are happy to receive internal or external referrals from professionals, where there are concerns about the mental health of a child with physical illness/symptoms. Other members of the department may be involved in the assessment and treatment of children and families depending on individual needs. Psychological Medicine Team Referral Criteria for Outpatient appointments.

Lab-grown mini-organs could offer treatment hope for children with intestinal failure

Pioneering scientists at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (ICH) and the Francis Crick Institute have grown human intestinal grafts using stem cells from patient tissue that could one day lead to personalised transplants for children with intestinal failure, according to a study published in Nature Medicine.

Video capsule endoscopy 

A video capsule endoscopy is a test to look at the inside small intestine (also known as the small bowel) for to identify and diagnose any abnormalities. This page from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains about the Video Capsule Endoscopy (VCE) procedure, what it involves and what to expect when your child comes to GOSH for the test.

Central venous access devices for children with lysosomal storage disorders

This page from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains about central venous access devices, particularly for children with lysosomal storage disorders. Some lysosomal storage disorders can be treated with enzyme replacement therapy. This needs to be given directly into the blood stream. To do this, we will put a central venous access device into one of your child’s veins. This gives easy access to your child’s bloodstream so that your child can have enzyme replacement therapy.

Spinal surgery at GOSH

At Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), we have developed a pathway for children and young people having spinal surgery. Spinal surgery is a complex procedure, so we want you to understand the benefits and risks of the operation so you can make an informed decision about whether to go ahead. This page explains what will happen from your child’s initial clinic appointment through to discharge, which clinicians you may meet and what to expect.