Assessment in the Clinic

 

What information do parents need to bring to the clinc ?

 

  1.  If recurent clinical symptoms please bring a 2 week symptoms diary - I will analyse this and will be part of clinical assessment.

  2. If your child/teenager is on any medications please bring the names exact doses. A phone photograph of the medication bottles is absolutely fine. Please bring any growth records / red book with you

  3. Record of anything like feeding, rashes etc etc. Please do bring any and all pictures taken to the clinic

  4. Any babies/infants visiting my clinic should tell their parents to bring their milk bottles to the clinic I sometimes test feed for feeding assessment. 

 

What conditions/SYMPTOMS do I diagnose and manage in my clinic ?

 

I am an academic tertiary sub-specialist in paediatric gastroenterology experienced in treating children of all ages (birth to 18 years) with a wide range of mild to severe gastrointestinal conditions. 

 

Some of the common conditions and symptoms seen in my clinic are:

  1. Gut allergies

  2. Eosinophilic gut conditions

  3. Inflammatory bowel disease

  4. Coeliac disease

  5. Various infant bowel conditions

  6. Children presenting with symptoms of

    1. Abdominal pains

    2. Reflux / vomiting

    3. Bloating 

    4. Constipation

    5. Short and long-term diarrheoea

    6. Blood in stools

 

 

What tests are done in the clinic ?

 

After the initial clinical assessment I sometimes do further tests to establish or confirm a diagnosis/reason for the symptoms. These can range from blood tests to x rays, Ultrasounds and MRI scans to endoscopy depending on the possible underlying diagnosis in question.

Please remember that each test is a tool designed to answer a specific question and we choose a test best tailored to your child/teenagers needs. This is no different to any other professional's work and a comparative analogy is trying to hammer a nail witha screw driver rather than a hammer, an incorrect tool for the intended purpose.

We have a paediatric phlebotomy service. 

I WORK WITH Other specialists

Not always, but gastroenterology diagnoses may be linked with other conditions. I work with colleagues with expertise in

Nicky Heather - Paediatric GI dietetics

Paediatric Surgery

Paediatric Radiology