Refer a patient to the Neuropsychology department

This page includes information about how to refer a patient to the Neuropsychology Service at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).

How to refer a patient

Outpatient appointment

We can only accept referrals made internally within GOSH for children who have a confirmed neurological condition.

We welcome as much detail as possible in the referral information to help us to understand as to whether a neuropsychological assessment is indicated at this point in the child's care.

Please note that we do not offer assessments for neurodevelopmental disorders such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

To make a referral to the Neuropsychology Department, please write to:

Department of Neuropsychology
Great Ormond Street Hospital
Great Ormond Street
London
WC1N 3JN

Alternatively please call 020 7829 8679 ext 0146 or fax 020 7813 8411.

How to get advice

For patients known to GOSH

Please contact the Medical Secretary, Janet Bentham, on 020 7829 8679 Ext 0146, who will then redirect calls to the relevant Specialist Neuropsychologist.

For patients not known to GOSH

Please contact the Medical Secretary, Janet Bentham, on 020 7405 9200 Ext 0146, who will then redirect calls to the relevant specialist neuropsychologist.

Guidelines for making a referral

Referrals will be accepted from professionals (medical consultants, psychologists, other members of the multi-disciplinary team) for children and adolescents who have an identified diagnosis of brain disease or injury.

Referrers should provide a letter detailing the medical and the developmental history of the child or adolescent being referred. Any supporting documents including school reports or reports from therapists and other treatment records should also be included if available.

Key staff members

Co leads for the service:

Dr Sara Shavel-Jessop, Consultant Paediatric Neuropsychologist
Sara.Shavel-Jessop@gosh.nhs.uk

Dr Tara Murphy, Consultant Paediatric Neuropsychologist
Tara.Murphy@gosh.nhs.uk

Services and facilities available

The Neuropsychology department is a highly specialist service providing the following:

Diagnostic neuropsychological evaluations of infants, children and adolescents with brain disease or injury. Identifying cognitive and behavioural deficits in relation to areas of brain damage, and defining the type and extent of special needs.

Neuropsychological reports and recommendations for medical, educational, and community-based professionals involved with the child and family. Outlining intervention programmes for specific disorders and methods of implementation.

Reports on specialised tests (eg functional MRI) to identify the functions of brain regions at risk of compromise because of disease and/or corrective neurosurgery.

Reports providing prognosis and long-term outcome prior to transfer to adult services.

Medico-legal expert witness assessments and reports based on integration of neuropsychological, medical and brain imaging investigations.

Feedback and suggestions

All general feedback and suggestions can be directed to:

Annarita Locci
Department of Neuropsychology
Level 4 Frontage Building
Great Ormond Street Hospital
Great Ormond Street
London
WC1N 3JN

Telephone number: 020 7829 8679 ext 5618
Fax number: 020 7813 8411
Email: Annarita.Locci@gosh.nhs.uk