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Travelling to GOSH

We understand that travelling to and from GOSH during the current COVID-19 situation may cause some anxiety for families. Below we share some options for your journey, appreciating that public transport options will vary depending on the latest national guidance. 

If you have been asked to self-isolate before your admission or appointment, please remember that you should not use public transport to get to GOSH. Please see the guidance below about getting to GOSH safely.

If you’re worried about getting to or from an upcoming appointment or admission, please contact your clinical team.

Mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) to treat immune-mediated neurology conditions

Mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) is an immunosuppressant, that is, it damps down the immune system. This page from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains about the use of mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) to treat immune-mediated neurology conditions, how the treatment is given and some of the possible side effects. Each person reacts differently to medicines, so your child will not necessarily suffer from the side effects mentioned. If you have any questions or concerns, please speak to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.

Corticosteroids to treat immune-mediated neurological conditions

Corticosteroids are hormonal substances that are produced naturally in the body by the adrenal glands (which are just above each kidney) and by the reproductive organs. There are many different types of corticosteroids and they have different effects on the body. This information sheet from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains about the use of corticosteroids to treat immune-mediated neurological conditions, how they are given and some of the possible side effects. Each person reacts differently to medicines, so your child will not necessarily suffer from the side effects mentioned. If you have any questions or concerns, please speak to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.

Having a RED Frame

The RED frame, which stands for ‘Rigid External Distraction’, has been used successfully for many years in children and adults to help correct many facial problems by advancing the forehead and midface. The frame helps the Craniofacial team to make adjustments to the shape of the face. This information from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains more about how we use RED frames.

Venous sclerotherapy

Venous sclerotherapy is a procedure used to treat venous malformations. Venous malformations are made up of extra veins that have no use and cause problems. This page explains about venous sclerotherapy, why it might be suggested and what to expect when your child comes to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) for the procedure.