Paediatric cardiology focuses on investigating and treating heart diseases that are present in the growing and developing child. This includes treating congenital heart disease (present at birth), arrhythmias (variations in heartbeat rhythm) and disturbances of circulatory function. 

Heart disease is an extremely broad term for many things that can go wrong with the heart. In the instance of children, heart disease still covers many types of problems that range from a condition that has no symptoms and is never diagnosed, to a problem that is severe and potentially life threatening that is apparent at birth.

One of the most common heart conditions in children is congenital heart disease. This is the general term for a range of birth defects that affect the normal way the heart works, and means that the condition is present from birth. This birth defect affects up to 8 in every 1,000 babies born in the UK.

Our paediatric cardiology investigations will enable us to highlight any issue showing within your child. Once diagnosed, we will be able to determine whether immediate treatment is required and, if so, the best course of action to take.

We have clinics based in West Sussex, meaning we are ideally placed to provide paediatric cardiology treatment and investigation to children living in Charlwood, Croydon, Leatherhead, Kingston-upon-Thames, Tonbridge, Maidstone, north and south Kensington, Hammersmith, Twickenham, Camden Town, Wandsworth, and all nearby areas.

Learn more about Paediatric Diagnostics and book an initial consultation with a leading cardiologist today.

Paediatric dermatology is a subspecialty of dermatology that examines, prevents, and treats skin disorders in children. Many skin disorders manifest themselves in childhood, some of which are equally prevalent in adults but impact children and teenagers differently.

Our team are highly experienced in providing investigation and treatment for paediatric dermatology conditions and will be able to offer your child with the best advice and care.

Acne is an extremely common skin condition that is linked to the changes in hormone levels during puberty, hence to it largely affecting individuals during their teenage years. However, the condition can affect individuals of any age.

Research shows that around 95% of people aged 11 to 30 are affected by acne to some extent. In girls, the condition is most common from the ages of 14 to 17, whereas in boys it most commonly occurs between the ages of 16 to 19.

Atopic Eczema is a common form of eczema that can run in families. It affects 20% of children in the UK, often from an early age. However, the majority of children will grow out of it.

Urticaria is also referred to as ‘nettle rash’ or ‘hives’, and is a red, itchy and bumpy rash that can appear anywhere on the body. It is a common condition and is thought that affect around 20% of people at some point in their lives,  with children tending to receive a single episode that lasts for a few days. However, children can also receive several episodes of urticaria over the space of a 4-6 weeks period before it settles down.

There are many different things that can cause a rash in babies and children but, thankfully, the vast majority are nothing to worry about. However, as a parent, you will know whether your child seems seriously unwell whilst having a rash, and this is usually a sign that treatment is required as soon as possible.

Some of the most common reasons for a childhood rash include:

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We have clinics based in West Sussex, meaning we are ideally placed to provide treatment and investigation to children living in Charlwood, Croydon, Leatherhead, Kingston-upon-Thames, Tonbridge, Maidstone, north and south Kensington, Hammersmith, Twickenham, Camden Town, Wandsworth, and all nearby areas.

Childhood ENT - The Facts

Babies and children are prone to ear, nose, and throat problems. Although, more often than not, they are usually down to a general blocked nose or a sore throat, these symptoms should be investigated if they regularly reoccur.

Some of the most common ear, nose, and throat conditions that children suffer from include:

By the age of three, five out of every six children will have experienced an ear infection, making them one of the most common reasons why parents bring their child to see a doctor.

Paediatric Diagnostics specialise in tongue-tie division, which is a common problem involving a band of skin between the underside of the tongue and the floor of the mouth. 

We offer a tongue-tie assessment and division for a total fee of £250.00.

Glue ear is a condition affects around 1 in 5 children around the age of 2, and can have an impact on the child’s speech development, their behaviour, and, as a result, their educational development.

If your child is still suffering from glue ear after three months, or if you are concerned about how it is impacting your child’s speech or causing problems with their education, you should see an expert for further treatment and advice.

If your child is suffering from an ear, nose, or throat condition and you are concerned, we will be happy to see you both at the earliest opportunity.

Our team are highly experienced in paediatric ENT investigations and treatment and will be able to provide your child with the best possible level of care.

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Children/ Young people with inattentiveness may struggle with poor concentration, easy distractibility, poor working memory, forgetfulness and organisation, and poor attention to detail.

Children/Young people with hyperactivity may be constantly on the go, fidgety, restless, talkative and unable to play quietly. 

Impulsivity:Children/Young people with impulsivity may be impatient, engage in dangerous activities, constantly interrupt conversations, and find to wait their turn or wait in a queue.

When you first request an assessment for ADHD, we will tell you if the assessment can proceed after screening your request. If your child is accepted for an assessment, we will send you our child and family form, which you must complete fully. You will then be notified of your first appointment with the ADHD Specialist (virtual). 

The ADHD Specialist will take a thorough neurodevelopmental history and check the information recorded on your Child and family form. The neurodevelopmental history will include a history of ADHD symptoms and signs. Your child will be required to be present at some point during the virtual consultation. The ADHD Specialist, as part of the assessment, will request further information from you, your child (if applicable), school and relevant professionals. This information gathering is a crucial step in the diagnostic procedure – often, parents are surprised by how much depth our clinicians go into. However, it is critical to ensure the correct diagnosis is given.

At the initial appointment, The ADHD Specialist will take a thorough neurodevelopmental history and check the information recorded on your Child and family form. The neurodevelopmental history will include a history of ADHD symptoms and signs. Your child will be required to be present at some point during the virtual consultation. Following the initial consultation with the ADHD Specialist, your child will be referred for the ADHD Computer Performance test (QbCheck). Please click on the link for more information about the QbCheck. A trained Paediatric Nurse will conduct the QbCheck. This will usually be face-to-face and will involve some observations, which will then be fed back to the Neurodevelopmental Consultant. 

A further follow appointment will be carried out to discuss the assessment findings. The consultant will provide a detailed, comprehensive report detailing the diagnosis, where one can be made, any further assessments recommended for your child, and treatment plans will be provided to you. You may circulate copies of your report to the school and relevant professionals.

There are a combination of different approaches when managing  ADHD symptoms in children and young people. The approach is usually multi-modal or holistic, and include parent support /training, social skills training, educational support , cognitive behaviour therapy for older children and adolescents and ADHD medication . The ADHD specialist will also signpost you to useful ADHD resources and websites . It is however essential to liaise with your child’s GP to signpost you to your local ADHD parent support organisations and resources.

There are a combination of different approaches when treating ADHD such as:

There is a combination of different approaches when managing ADHD symptoms in children and young people. 

The approach is usually multi-modal or holistic and includes:

The ADHD specialist will also signpost you to useful ADHD resources and websites. It is, however, essential to liaise with your child’s GP to signpost you to your local ADHD parent support organisations and resources

ADHD medication can reduce the symptoms of ADHD, especially when all other relevant interventions for the child/young person and parent have been established. Our ADHD specialist may commence ADHD medication if your child is deemed eligible for treatment in private clinics. Eligibility will be decided by the ADHD Specialist and discussed with the parent/carer. Medication will not be commenced, for example, in children presenting with complex medical or mental health issues. Medication is generally available only in the short term until safe transfer to the NHS. Medication options will be thoroughly covered in the clinic, and benefits and side effects will be thoroughly discussed. Parents/carers will be expected to sign a medication consent form before ADHD medication is commenced. Due to ADHD medications being controlled drugs, children/young people commenced on ADHD medication will be monitored closely by the ADHD Specialist.

Our children's ADHD service is available at our private clinics based in Charlwood in West Sussex, Horley in Surrey, and Wimbledon in London. This makes us ideally placed to welcome young patients from all nearby areas, as well as Dorking, Crawley, Kent, Brighton, Worthing, and further afield.

We pride ourselves in offering the following services:

Our Private GP Service can help with a range of medical issues including:

We can see private GP patients at our Dorking and Wimbledon clinics, and Dr Thompson also practices at Gatwick Park Hospital. This makes us ideally located to see patients living in Surrey, Kent, and Southwest London, including Balham, Battersea, Brixton, Clapham, Earlsfield, Streatham, Stockwell, Tooting, Wandsworth, Chelsea, Earls Court, Fulham, Parsons Green, South Kensington, and West Brompton.

We offer flexible appointment times to suit you.

New appointments £130 for 30 minutes

Follow up appointments £70 for 15 minutes

Call us today on: 01293365012 or email: info@paediatricdiagnostics.com

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What is Children's Endocrinology?

Children's endocrinology focuses on diagnosing and treating various disorders related to the endocrine systems and the hypothalamus-pituitary axis. These conditions can impact different aspects of a child's growth and development, including:

Endocrinology is a complex speciality involving the diagnosis and management of conditions causing these issues in children from birth to the end of growth. If you are unsure whether your child's problem falls under endocrine disorders, contact us for guidance.

Paediatric growth and pubertal development are common concerns, and It is crucial to determine whether a medical cause is responsible for short stature, early puberty, or delayed puberty. Identifying an underlying cause allows for appropriate treatment.

In many cases, ruling out a medical cause for your child's symptoms provides peace of mind. Faltering growth and development issues are often constitutional, meaning they may resolve over time or with supportive management. However, a thorough assessment by an endocrine specialist is essential to ensure your child's well-being.

Our investigations will help us determine whether an endocrine condition is causing your child's symptoms or if they stem from a normal variation that will resolve on its own.

What is a Heart murmur?

A murmur represents the sound of the blood flow in the heart and great vessels, that is heard by listening to the chest wall, or the neck. About 70% of babies and children have such a heart murmur documented at some point, more often when they have a viral illness, and the blood flow becomes faster.

Majority of the murmurs just represent blood flow through an otherwise normal heart. This type of murmur is referred to as ‘innocent’, ‘functional’, ‘benign’, ‘flow’, or ‘Stills’ murmur.

Occasionally (more commonly in babies rather than older children), the murmur may be a sign of a heart disease - either a hole in the heart or a valve problem.

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When to seek medical attention in the presence of a heart murmur:

Assessment and Management.

Our Paediatric Cardiology Consultant will take a detailed history and Clinical examination. As part of the clinical assessment, the consultant will organise various investigations such as blood tests, chest x-ray, ECG and  Echocardiogram,

Any identified cardiac causes need to be treated by medications and monitored closely.

Book an appointment for your child at Paediatric Diagnostics today. We are pleased to offer paediatric cardiology investigations and treatment at our outpatient clinics in West Sussex, Surrey and Wimbledon, Southwest London making us ideally placed to provide treatment to children living in Charlwood, Croydon, Leatherhead, Kingston-upon-Thames, Tonbridge, Maidstone, north and south Kensington, Hammersmith, Twickenham, Camden Town, Wandsworth and all nearby areas.

What is a Heart Palpitation?

Palpitation refers to an unpleasant sensation of the heartbeat, often a fast heart.

During a palpitation, the heart might feel like it's racing, fluttering, skipping a beat, or beating irregularly. You may feel as if the heart is coming out of the chest wall.

What causes palpitation?

Often heart palpitation may be related to being frightened or under stress. Cold, allergy, and asthma medications, herbal supplements and other drugs, caffeine and alcohol can also cause heart palpitations.

Cardiac causes of palpitations include cardiomyopathies and cardiac arrhythmia. The most common cardiac arrhythmia in children is called ‘Supraventricular tachycardia’ – where an extra circuit within the heart sets up a very fast heartbeat that sustains for a period of time.

Heart palpitations could also be a sign of ‘orthostatic intolerance’ where the blood pools in the legs on standing. An increasing number of adolescents is being recognised to have this problem.

When to seek medical attention:

Assessment and Management.

Our Paediatric Cardiology Consultant will take a detailed history and Clinical examination. As part of the clinical assessment, the consultant will organise various investigations such as blood tests, chest x-ray, ECG, Echocardiogram, heart monitor, standing test, and exercise test.

Any identified cardiac causes need to be treated by medications and monitored closely.

We are pleased to offer paediatric cardiology investigations and treatment at our outpatient clinics in West Sussex, Surrey and Wimbledon, Southwest London making us ideally placed to provide treatment to children living in Charlwood, Croydon, Leatherhead, Kingston-upon-Thames, Tonbridge, Maidstone, north and south Kensington, Hammersmith, Twickenham, Camden Town, Wandsworth and all nearby areas.

What is an Ultrasound scan:

An ultrasound, also known as sonography, is a safe and painless imaging technique that uses high-frequency sound waves to create detailed pictures of your child's internal organs, tissues, and blood vessels. it's especially beneficial for children because it doesn't involve radiation and is suitable for children of all ages. An ultrasound scan usually takes between 15 and 30 minutes, depending on the part of the body being scanned.

Your child might need this scan so that the doctors can get detailed pictures of the size and shape of part of their body and how well it is working. The information from the scan is then used to plan your child’s treatment.

How Paediatric Ultrasounds Can Support a Diagnosis:

Paediatric ultrasound has various applications in diagnosing and monitoring conditions in children. Some common uses include:

  1. Abdominal Evaluation: Paediatric abdominal ultrasound provides detailed images of organs like the liver, gallbladder, kidneys, and spleen. It helps diagnose conditions such as constipation, urinary tract abnormalities, and gastrointestinal issues.
  2. Assessment of Neck Lumps: When children have lumps in their neck, ultrasound helps evaluate their size, location, composition, and characteristics. It can distinguish between solid masses, fluid-filled cysts, or swollen lymph nodes. Ultrasound also identifies any surrounding abnormalities, such as blood vessels, aiding in reaching a diagnosis.
  3. Musculoskeletal Imaging: Paediatric musculoskeletal ultrasound assesses joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. It aids in diagnosing sports injuries, developmental dysplasia of the hip, and other orthopaedic conditions.

What will happen during the Scan?

You will be able to stay with your child throughout the scan. Your child will need to lie on the bed with the lights turned down low so that the radiologist or sonographer can see the screen easily. They will put some jelly on your child’s skin, over the area being scanned, and move a probe over the area.

This probe transmits the sound waves that pass through your child’s body and picks them up again as they are bounced back. This forms a picture which is stored on a computer. Depending on the part of the body being scanned, your child may have to sit up or roll over so that the radiologist can get the best pictures possible.

After the scan

When enough pictures have been taken, they will wipe off the jelly so that your child can get off the bed and go home if no further tests or treatment is planned. The report from the scan will be sent to your child’s consultant to review.

Why Choose Paediatric Diagnostics?

We go above and beyond to provide exceptional care for your child's health.

Here's why Paediatric Diagnostics is the ideal choice for private paediatric ultrasound services:

  1. Expertise in Paediatric Imaging: Our team of highly skilled radiologists specialises in children's imaging. They have extensive training and expertise in performing ultrasound examinations specifically tailored for children. They understand the unique considerations associated with paediatric patients.
  2. Advanced Imaging Technology: Paediatric Diagnostics uses state-of-the-art ultrasound equipment designed specifically for children. This advanced technology allows us to obtain high-resolution images, ensuring accurate diagnoses. We stay at the forefront of medical advancements to provide the best possible care for your child.
  3. Compassionate and Child-Centered Approach: We understand that medical visits can be overwhelming for children. Our compassionate team creates a warm and welcoming environment to put your child at ease. We prioritise their comfort and well-being, making the ultrasound experience as stress-free as possible.
  4. Efficient and Timely Service: We value your time and understand the importance of prompt medical attention. Our efficient scheduling system minimises waiting times, ensuring we accommodate your child's ultrasound appointment at the earliest convenience. We strive to provide timely results for faster diagnosis and appropriate medical interventions.

We have clinics based in West Sussex, meaning we are ideally placed to provide child ultrasounds to patients living in Charlwood, Croydon, Leatherhead, Kingston-upon-Thames, Tonbridge, Maidstone, north and south Kensington, Hammersmith, Twickenham, Camden Town, Wandsworth, and all nearby areas.

Book an initial appointment for your child today.

Our Medical Consultants and Surgeons are registered with the GMC (General Medical Council) and are regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The CQC is an independent regulator for health and social care in England. 
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