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Children’s services

Children and young adults up to the age of 16 are treated in the Variety Children’s Hospital, a dedicated cutting-edge facility  staffed by specialist children’s doctors and nurses. They are supported by play specialists, teachers and other specialist staff.

We have one of the largest centres in Europe for child sickle cell disorders, the largest paediatric liver disease centre in the UK and outstanding intensive care services.

For more information about the following children’s services, please click on the specialty:

We describe our other children’s services on this page.

Gastroenterology and nutrition
We are a national referral centre for children with pancreas and bowel problems and specialise in treating gastrointestinal disorders.

Our paediatric gastroenterology and nutrition service looks after children and babies with poor weight gain, weight loss, feeding difficulties, chronic (continual) vomiting, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhoea and bleeding from their bottom. We also treat conditions such as coeliac disease, food allergies, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, pancreatitis and intestinal failure.

We offer a range of investigations to help with diagnosis including endoscopy, pH studies, breath tests and enteroscopy.

General surgery
We treat a wide range of common conditions that require surgery, such as undescended testes and abdominal wall hernias.

We perform both open and minimally invasive (keyhole) surgery on children from infancy to adolescence.

We treat babies aged eight days to 26 weeks who have tongue-tie – a condition in which a tight piece of skin between the underside of their tongue and the floor of their mouth makes it difficult for them to breastfeed.

We carry out a small operation that releases their tongue and allows them to latch on and breastfeed properly.

Respiratory (asthma)

We provide a comprehensive service for infants and children with complex respiratory (breathing) problems.

We have a fully equipped paediatric lung function laboratory, a bronchoscopy (investigation) suite and a full range of diagnostic facilities.

We work closely with the Regional Cystic Fibrosis and Adolescent Centre, which cares for more than 240 children with cystic fibrosis.

Endocrinology (including obesity and diabetes)
We treat endocrine (hormonal) conditions, from diagnosis through to management, including for example growth and puberty disorders. Our multidisciplinary pituitary team, which includes endocrinology, will be involved in any decision to undertake pituitary surgery.