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An ileostomy is a surgically formed opening in the ileum, which is the last part of the small bowel before it connects onto the large bowel (colon). The ileum is brought to the surface of the abdomen as an opening called a stoma. Watery diarrhoea passes through the stoma and is collected in a small plastic bag, called an ileostomy bag. An ileostomy can be temporary or permanent. This page from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains the operation to create the ileostomy, what to expect when your child is recovering and what to look out for once you get home.

Organisation and Employee Development

The Organisation and Employee Development (OED) team plan, design and develop programmes which will enable the organisation to meet its strategic goals. This includes the introduction of flexible development programmes tailored to individuals’ career paths and instilling new collaborative ways of working and key digital skills.

Multiple sclerosis information for teachers

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a common neurological condition affecting around 100,000 adults in the UK, but it is rare in childhood – and particularly rare in children under 12. Specialist care for these children and young people is therefore crucial and Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) has an established Neuroimmunology Centre to manage young people with MS and similar conditions. MS is a lifelong condition, which at present cannot be cured, but for which disease modifying drugs are available which can significantly alter its course and improve its long-term outcome.

Encouraging your child to produce a healthy voice

There are many reasons why children’s voices may sound different in quality, loudness or pitch, to those of their friends, brothers and sisters. Your child’s speech and language therapist and/or ENT doctor will explain the specific reason why your own child is having voice difficulties. Whatever the reason, we know that there are certain things that your child can do to make the most of their voice. There may also be things that they are doing that make the problem worse. This page from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) is designed to help you to encourage your child to produce a healthy and efficient voice.

Non-epileptic seizures (NES)

What are non-epileptic seizures?

Some young people experience periods where they ‘black out’ or lose awareness of their surroundings for a few moments or sometimes a bit longer. Their body may start shaking and they could fall over and hurt themselves. A doctor may at first think that...


Pneumonia can affect one or both lungs. It is nearly always due to an infection, caused by either bacteria or viruses, and can make a child very unwell.