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Paul O'Grady: Episode six

In the sixth and final episode of Paul O'Grady's Little Heroes, Paul meets patients Ocean, Rosey and Amélie.

Ocean had been admitted to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) with significant swelling on her forehead caused by an infection, doctors later diagnose a condition called Pott's puffy tumour – an abscess on the front bone of the skull.

Paul also meets Rosey, 5 who has been treated at GOSH since she was a baby. Rosey has a condition, known as VACTERL association and is filmed before and after a procedure to reverse a colostomy bag, which will allow Rosey to live her life more independently.

Finally, we meet Amélie who has a laryngeal cleft, a rare condition which means that when Amélie eats or drinks, it passes into her airway instead of her stomach. After treatment, Amélie and her mum Natasha are filmed making preparations for the return home.  

Giraffe Ward

This ward is for children with cancer and leukaemia. The department provides a comprehensive service for the diagnosis and management of childhood leukaemia and solid tumours.

Button batteries – using them safely

A wide variety of things in the home are powered by button batteries – also known as coin batteries – but they can cause severe problems if swallowed by a child. This information page from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains the risks of swallowing a button battery, what treatment might be required if your child swallows one and how to prevent it happening in the first place. 

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. 

Celebrating LGBT History Month

February is LGBT History Month – a month of looking back at the history of gay rights and related civil rights movements – celebrating how far we have come in the fight for equality. For allies, it’s a chance to better understand the struggles that LGBT+ people face and how to better support them.

Caudal blocks 

This information sheet from Great Ormond Street Hospital explains about caudal blocks. A caudal block is a pain-killing injection at the base of the back which is done after your child is asleep.

Anaemia

Anaemia is a very common condition where the number of red blood cells or the amount of haemoglobin in red blood cells is less than normal. Iron deficiency anaemia is a specific type of anaemia caused by a lack of the mineral iron in the body. Iron is important in the formation of haemoglobin so a reduced iron level causes a reduced haemoglobin level in the blood.

Lizzie Penn

Lizzie Penn is a Play Specialist who works on Badger Ward, intensive care, neonatal intensive care and the sleep unit at Great Ormond Street Hospital.