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GOSH PLACE assessors needed

Once a year, in every hospital in England, Patient Led Assessments of the Care Environment (PLACE) happen. You get to rate everything from how clean the floor is to how tasty the jelly is! We are looking for patients, ex-patients and parents to inspect us on 23 October 2019.

Gastro-oesophageal reflux

When a baby or child has gastro-oesophageal reflux, the food and drink travels down the foodpipe as normal. However, some of the mixture of food, drink and acid travels back up the foodpipe, instead of passing through to the large and small intestines. As the food and drink is mixed with acid from the stomach, it can irritate the lining of the foodpipe, making it sore. This is gastro-oesophageal reflux disease.

Oesophageal atresia with tracheo-oesophageal fistula

Oesophageal atresia (OA) is a rare condition where a short section at the top of the oesophagus (gullet or foodpipe) has not formed properly so is not connected to the stomach. This means food cannot pass from the throat to the stomach. Tracheo-oesophageal fistula (TOF) is another rare condition, which tends to occur alongside oesophageal atresia. This is where part of the oesophagus is joined to the trachea (windpipe). This page explains about oesophageal atresia and tracheooesophageal fistula, how they are treated and what to expect when your child comes to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) for treatment.

Complex asthma service

Our service is led by Dr Katy Pike and Joanne Miles who is an asthma clinical nurse specialist.

Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine
Dr Katharine Pike
 
Asthma Clinical Nurse Specialist
Jo Miles

We take a team approach and also ask other professionals to help children and young people with asthma. These include colleagues from

  • lung function
  • psychology 
  • dietetics
  • ear, nose and throat (ENT)
  • speech and language therapy
  • physiotherapy.

Pain relief using transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is a safe, easy to use, drug-free method of managing pain. A very low level electrical current is applied to areas of the body using soft gel pads that stick to the skin. The low level electrical current stimulates nerves in the body that help to reduce pain. This information sheet from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains about the use of TENS and how it works

Isotretinoin

Isotretinoin is a retinoid, which is a type of Vitamin A. It is commonly used for the treatment of severe acne. Retinoids are thought to influence the way in which cells grow and develop, and prevent the production of specific genes that may cause cancer.This page from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains what isotretinoin is, how it is given and some of the possible side effects.