Paediatrics

The Royal Free Hospital is currently the only hospital in north London providing an on-site NHS paediatric consultant delivered service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

We think that having a paediatric consultant resident on-site at all times makes for a safer and better service both on the NHS and privately.

DESIGNED WITH CHILDREN IN MIND

Hospitals can be daunting places for children and their families. Our newly-designed and refurbished children’s clinic on the first floor provides a friendly environment to help put children at ease when they come to hospital.

The clinic area has an impressive life-size animal and natural world theme, turning a visit to hospital into a fun event, reducing anxiety and keeping children occupied. While waiting to be seen, the children are given their own take home activity pack to keep them occupied and entertained.

SERVICES, TREATMENTS AND DIAGNOSTICS

Our consultants are also able to see children with common childhood illnesses including:

  • constipation
  • diarrhea and vomiting
  • feeding difficulties
  • gastroesophageal reflux
  • troublesome cough
  • unsettled baby
  • viral illneses
  • wheezing
SPECIALIST CLINICS

Allergy
The team includes a paediatric specialist allergy nurse and a paediatric dietician as well as paediatric consultants who specialise in allergy and dermatology.

  • allergy affecting the chest, including asthma
  • allergy affecting the nose
  • allergy affecting the skin eg eczema, urticaria
  • anaphylaxis
  • food allergy

The service offers skin prick testing, dietetic advice, lung function tests, and training on how to use asthma pumps and epicenes, and food challenges.

Asthma
We have specialist asthma clinics for children with asthma. The clinic has state of the art lung function equipment such as spirometry.

Cardiology
We have a consultant paediatrician who is experienced in performing and interpreting echocardiograms.

Ear, nose and throat
We offer a specialist private paediatric ENT outpatient clinic; private operating lists for procedures such as adenoidectomy, grommets, tonsillectomy; audiology; allergy service; sleep apnoea clinics and sleep studies; neonatal tongue tie service.

Find out more about our eye health services for children >>

Gastroenterology
This is a service for children with gastrointestinal disorders.

The service includes:

  • paediatric inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) service
  • IBD adolescent and young adult clinic
  • general paediatric gastroenterology and motility clinic

Breath tests, food challenges, combined pH/impedance studies and other specialist ambulatory gastrointestinal investigations are performed including the latest wireless capsule endoscopy.

Ophthalmology
Our paediatric ophthalmology consultant run a specialist private outpatient clinic.

Plastic surgery
Our plastic surgery consultants undertake surgery across a wide spectrum.

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU COME TO THE CLINIC

Before you come:
The referrals team will ask you simple questions about your child to enable registration with the clinic and to provide some background for the consultant.

You will be able to choose when you come in and who you wish to see. The referrals team will guide you through the options.

The booking will be passed on to the consultant who may ask you to bring your child to the hospital in advance of the consultation for some tests. The referrals team will organise and schedule this with you.

You will be asked to provide information in relation to funding of your child’s treatment, whether through insurance authorisation details or request for payment before any tests are carried out. The referrals team will be able to provide a rough estimate of the costs before you commit.

On arrival:
Make your way to the Lyndhurst private outpatient consulting rooms on the 1st floor of the hospital to complete your registration. Please ensure that you arrive 15 minutes before your child’s scheduled appointment.

You will be escorted with your child round to the paediatric clinic (2 minutes walk) to see the consultant and have any required tests performed. Teas and coffees and other light refreshments will be available for the child and family companions.

On completion of the appointment:
You may be required to return to the Lyndhurst rooms if there are any funding arrangements to complete. The private patients team will follow up with you later if there are any further follow up appointments required for your child. You will receive your medical report direct form the consultant.

A paediatric leaflet can be found in the patient information library.

To book an appointment or for more information about the paediatric services offered at the Royal Free Private Patients Unit, please call or email on:
Tel: 020 7317 7751
Email: rf.privateenquiries@nhs.net


Downloadable brochure
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