Paediatrics

Paediatrics

paediatrics

Several of our hospitals offer a range of children’s services including diagnosis, acute and complex medical care, surgery and support for children and teenagers up to 18 years.

Consultant paediatricians work in both inpatient and outpatient settings and are supported by a team of nurses and wider healthcare teams including speech therapists, dieticians, psychologists, consultant radiologists and chartered physiotherapists.

We have access to full diagnostic facilities including x-ray, ultrasound, CT scanning and MRI and comprehensive physiotherapy services from assessment and care of children who require help to restore or improve their movement to full aftercare and follow up services.

If surgery is required, we do our best to minimise the stress and anxiety to the child and their family by establishing a seamless and integrated patient journey. Our patient rooms offer a comfortable and calm 'home from home' environment. One parent or carer is welcome to stay overnight with their child to ensure they are able to actively participate in their child's care. Activities are available for children of all ages including books, painting, computers and DVDs. Our nurses are on hand to actively care for your child at all times as required and we encourage parents to ask any questions they may have during their child’s stay.

Common paediatric conditions we treat

General paediatric surgery

General paediatric surgery is the surgical management of children with relatively common, non-specialised conditions. Children are often referred to a general surgeon if they are suffering on an ongoing basis, for example, from one or more of these symptoms: nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, heartburn, swelling of the abdomen, abnormally sized testes or swelling in the area, vomiting blood or passing blood in the stools or jaundice.

Our general paediatric surgeons offer minimally invasive (keyhole) surgery. Often general paediatric surgery is minor surgery, carried out on a day-case basis and children are discharged the same day. Common general paediatric surgical procedures performed at Ramsay Health Care UK hospitals, for example, include: removal of lumps and bumps, hernias, hydroceles, undescended testicles, circumcisions (for medical reasons), and tongue tie surgery.

A wider team of specialists including urologists and ENT consultants offer support for children with more complex disorders and our general surgeons may work with them or refer on for more specialised paediatric conditions.

Paediatric ENT

Paediatric ENT, also known as paediatric otolaryngology, is the study of ear, nose and throat diseases in children. Areas of the ear, nose and throat include: the sinuses, the larynx (voice box), the oral cavity, the upper pharynx (mouth and throat), and other structures of the neck and face. Our ENT consultants have extensive ENT experience in the care of children and teenagers ranging from the straight forward elective insertion of grommets for hearing loss to complex diagnosis and management of airway disorders.

We offer regular outpatient ENT clinics to assess and discuss a child’s ear, nose or throat problem. Children's ENT conditions we regularly treat include: hearing loss, ear infections and glue ear, recurrent tonsillitis, nose and sinus infections and complex neck, airway and ear conditions. Often these problems can be managed without surgery. However, surgery may be necessary and the surgeries we commonly perform include: tonsillectomy for tonsil problems such as recurrent tonsillitis and obstructive sleep apnoea, adenoidectomy for blocked noses and snoring caused by the adenoids and, grommets for hearing problems and recurrent ear infections related to glue ear.

Paediatric urology

Paediatric urology is concerned with the urinary system in both boys and girls and boy’s genital organs. We diagnose and treat children with simple and complex urological disorders. Initially child patients and their parents are seen in an outpatient setting to determine the problem and undergo any investigative tests required.

Common problems include: bed wetting, undescended testicles, foreskin problems and circumcision, hernia, hydrocele (swelling of the scrotum caused by fluid) and urine infections.

Our consultant urologists have specialised knowledge and experience in the diagnosis and treatment of urological conditions in children and teenagers. They work as part of a multidisciplinary team of general paediatric surgeons, anaesthetists, nephrologists, radiologists, respiratory specialists, dietitians, gastroenterologists and nurses.

General medicine

Our general medicine service treats children with a wide range of common childhood problems including: headaches, fever, pneumonia, infections, allergies and asthma, bedwetting, diarrhoea, constipation, abdominal pain, reflux, urinary tract infection and behavioural issues.

Our general paediatric medical consultants run an outpatient service for children who require general paediatric consultations and investigations including pathology, biochemistry and scans. They will refer on to fellow specialists who have a special interest in specific areas for children with more complex conditions.

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