The aim of the epilepsy surgery is to remove the underlying cause of the seizures and therefore cure the epilepsy. In some cases, however, it may only be possible to reduce the frequency of seizures as the cause cannot totally be removed.
Physiotherapy aims to help treat children and young people with physical difficulties as well as providing support for families and carers. There are two dedicated physiotherapists who work across the International and Private Patients (IPP) wards (Butterfly, Bumblebee and Hedgehog). Physiotherapy is divided into two main areas respiratory physiotherapy and rehabilitation. Physiotherapy treats children with short- and long-term conditions, which affect their physical development, activity and ability to participate in play, learning and socialising.
Not all children need tests or operations under a general anaesthetic, but some do. If your child needs an anaesthetic during their time at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), here's what you need to know about it.
The clinical team at GOSH works closely with the research department at the Behavioural and Brain Sciences Unit (BBSU) at UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (ICH). We collaborate with colleagues around the world to try and understand the genetic, psychological and neurophysiological basis of disorders on the autism spectrum. All information we obtain in terms of interview, observation and other investigations is compiled into anonymised computerised files. From our database of nearly 2000 children, we are able to compare a child’s problems with others seen in our clinic and can look for similarities and differences. For research purposes, we usually ask parents to donate DNA samples too.
All children with a cleft lip and/or palate will need at least one operation under anaesthetic. We know that anaesthesia is something that concerns families so this information sheet from the North Thames Cleft Centre at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) and Broomfield Hospital answers the questions we are most commonly asked.
An epidural is a continuous infusion of pain relief medicines given into the epidural space. This is an area close to the spinal cord and to the nerves supplying the area of surgery. This page from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains about the use of epidural pain relief after an operation, how it works and what to expect when your child has epidural pain relief.
We asked Pete a series of questions to get a sense of his administration and clerical career path, what it's like working in a busy specialist children's hospital as an assistant services manager, his achievements and the advice Pete would pass on to others considering Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) as future place of work. Read Pete's answers.
The cleft team has a long history of clinical research and audit activity. It is a multi-disciplinary service and the contributions have been from speech and language therapists, psychologists, audiological physicians, orthodontists, paediatricians, as well as surgeons.