Welcome to the Great Ormond Street Centre for Paediatric Gastroenterology

We specialise in the assessment and treatment of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract (from mouth to anus) and its associated organs (pancreas and liver).

All children referred to the paediatric gastroenterology department will be allocated to a consultant.  The chosen consultant is usually determined by the wishes of the referring clinician or Paediatrician.  Occasionally a consultant with a special interest in the issues raised will be assigned to look after your child. 

The patient’s initial assessment may either be undertaken by the Consultant or by one of the Senior Academic Staff/Specialist Registrars with the case being discussed with the Consultant at the end of the assessment, and a management plan agreed. 

The Consultant will retain all Gastroenterology responsibility throughout your involvement at Great Ormond Street Hospital. 

If you are unable to make your initial appointment or have any concerns please contact the appointments office 020 7813 8880 (Direct Line) or the Consultant’s secretary to negotiate a date that suits you.

You will receive details from the Appointments Centre on where to attend and at what time.  Appointment times are staggered so please do try and keep to your time slot. A typical allocation of time is 20-25 minutes for new patients and 15 minutes for subsequent visits. It is important that you are not late so that your consultation isn’t shortened.

Once in clinic your child will be registered and a set of measurements, including height and weight, will be recorded for your child.  Please allow yourself adequate time for this before your appointment with the clinician.

During your child's time under the Gastroenterology speciality it may be necessary for your child to be admitted to one of the Gastroenterology Wards – Kingfisher ward or Rainforest ward.  Once a decision has been made to admit your child for investigation, s/he will be put on a waiting list to be admitted. This is your opportunity to inform us of any outstanding commitments you may have and any dates that need to be avoided, such as holiday dates.

There are varying waiting times for the different tests that are undertaken.  Waiting lists are arranged so that those children deemed to be most in need are given a higher priority.  

Tests that are out of the control of the Gastroenterology department such as ultrasound scans, X-rays, MRI scans or other speciality referrals, may necessitate you being given separate appointments.  Whilst every effort will be made to avoid inconveniencing you, there are some constraints which cannot be avoided. 

You will always receive written notification of any planned admission dates.

If your child is to be admitted for an endoscopy, you will be phoned by the endoscopy admissions nurse to check that the date you are being offered is suitable, to take a brief medical history to check on suitability for the various forms of sedation available (this will have been done in a less formal manner at your outpatients appointment).

You will also have the opportunity to ask questions about the admission and the investigation.

Whilst awaiting admission for investigations and whilst awaiting clinical follow up your child will remain the clinical responsibility of your general practitioner and your local referring Paediatrician, in addition to the medical team at Great Ormond Street.

They will remain fully informed about your child’s progress at all times. In certain cases your child may be referred to a Clinical Nurse Specialist or a dietician, who will arrange a suitable time to meet you and your child either on the ward or at their out-patient appointment.

We work in partnership with Royal Free Hospital Paediatric Gastroenterology Department.  Investigations may be at either site as Great Ormond Street Hospital Consultants work at either site.

The clinical areas within Gastroenterology Ormond Street Centre for Paediatric Gastroenterology are:

1.  Mucosal Immunology

2.  Neurogastroenterology & Motility

3.  Nutritional Rehabilitation