About the Neurophysiology department

Neurophysiology looks at how the body is working, particularly the brain and nervous system.

There are various ways of doing this, depending on what aspect of the brain or nervous system we are investigating. The information we get from our tests can then be used to make diagnoses and plan treatment.

Neurophysiology at Great Ormond Street Hospital

The Department of Clinical Neurophysiology is based on Level 4 of the Southwood building at GOSH. The department has four rooms for carrying out tests and a well-equipped waiting area. All of our rooms have toys, books, and games for your child to play with while they are having the test. The department and all of the clinical rooms are wheelchair-accessible.

There are seven consultant clinical neurophysiologists in the department supported by a team of clinical physiologists (formerly called technicians). A consultant clinical neurophysiologist is a qualified doctor with at least four years extra training in neurophysiology. A clinical physiologist is a qualified technician with a degree, specialising in neurophysiology. Other members of staff include clinical scientists, who are responsible for maintaining and developing the technical equipment used in the department, and our administrative team.

All of our doctors are also members of a relevant Royal College, such as the Royal College of Physicians or the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, which is only possible after many further years of training.

We work closely with the Neurology service to monitor children undergoing diagnosis or treatment for epilepsy and other brain disorders.

Other departments in the hospital, such as Ophthalmology and Audiology, carry out similar tests but to find out different information. We liaise with other departments to minimise any unnecessary repeated tests. 
In conjunction with Koala Ward, we carry out telemetry monitoring.