When it comes to your child’s health we understand it’s rightly your top priority. At Virgin Care Private, our specialist paediatric consultant is on hand to look after your child’s health and wellbeing. We offer a full range of paediatric services for children and young adults in and around Birmingham.
Our very experienced Paediatrician has years of expertise in a number of specialty areas.
As a parent, you want to ensure your child receives the best care at all times. If you have any concerns regarding your child’s health or development, or would simply like peace of mind, our consultant paediatricians can see your child promptly. We’ll find a time convenient for you to come to our beautiful clinic where you’ll have plenty of time to discuss your concerns.
We can help your baby, infant or child through a broad range of issues from common problems such as tummy aches, asthma and continence to developmental and behavioural problems such as eating disorders; failure to thrive and concerns around growth; and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
We’re here for:
Allergies (like Hay fever, cows milk allergies and nut allergies)
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Bed wetting / enuresis / incontinence
Diarrhoea and vomiting
Gastroesophageal Reflux (GER)
Kidney and bladder problems and UTI
Migraines and headaches
In its simplest form, an allergy is a reaction by the body to a foreign substance. Finding the trigger to an allergy can be difficult as there can often be a number of medical problems that can be mistaken for allergies, coeliac disease is an example.
A lot of children will develop allergies from an early age, and just as some children grow out of allergies, adults can develop them later in life.
Some children’s allergies are mild, and although they can have an impact on routine day to day activities, are more of a nuisance. Sometimes they can produce reactions that can be life threatening and will require urgent medical treatment.
Our doctors can offer advice based on the symptoms and by using tests like skin prick tests, blood tests, patch tests, elimination diet and challenge testing.
Our allergy testing will look for common allergens with quick results. We will be able to advise on a treatment plan, on diet and which foods and substances they should be avoided going forward.
Arthritis – juvenile arthritis (JRA)
This is a type of arthritis that affects children, there are often no symptoms and there is currently no cure, but with an early diagnosis and aggressive treatment, remission is possible.
Our paediatricians are able to help you and your child with this condition and advise on best treatment options.
Another common childhood condition that causes breathing difficulties and affects the lungs is asthma. As with asthma in adults, there is no cure, often children will simply grow out of it, with the correct treatment the condition can be managed effectively.
Symptoms of asthma include long-lasting wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath and tightening of the chest. If you believe your child has asthma or is suffering from any of the listed symptoms you should have your child see a doctor as soon as possible.
We will work closely with you to ensure both you and your child fully understand the treatment process and medication that will be used to treat your child’s condition.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
This is a syndrome that affects a child’s social interaction, communication and behaviour. There is no cure for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) but there are therapies and support groups that make supporting a child with ASD a little bit easier.
A child may lack awareness, have difficulty making eye contact and might ignore both familiar and non-familiar people, often the syndrome becomes apparent when the child is in a new situation such as a new school or nursery.
Bed wetting (Enuresis)
Incontinence or enuresis is the loss of bladder control and can happen both in the day and at night. Bed wetting or nocturnal enuresis rarely remains an issue past the age of five, but if you have any concerns, we’re here to help.
While it may seem like a small private problem for your child, it can often be very disruptive to their daily lives and in developing self-esteem. It can sometimes lead to long-term social and psychological issues if not properly managed.
We will assess your child by looking into their medical history and, when necessary, with a physical examination. We may need to investigate further with an ultrasound for kidneys and bladder but your paediatrician will always tell you if this is necessary.
By the end of your consultation, you will have a comprehensive management plan based on the individual needs of your child, with useful tips, guidance and links to self-help websites for you to help your child at home.
Blood tests for children (phlebotomy)
We have a range of blood tests to help diagnose a wide range of diseases and conditions, we’re here to help you focus on your child’s health and wellbeing
If you need to speak to one of our consultants or book your child in for tests, please give us a call.
Children’s vaccinations (vaccines)
Our routine childhood vaccinations and immunisations help to protect against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) and diphtheria, tetanus and polio (DTP) and more.
We also offer immunisation boosters for teenagers and adults against the common diseases and bacterial infections like the 3-in-1 DTP booster and BCG vaccination.
Chronic fatigue syndrome and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) or Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) is a very complicated disease and getting an early and accurate diagnosis is important. Although it’s a physical condition there can be emotional symptoms and because the symptoms are similar to a range of other health issues and conditions, it makes it extremely tough to tough to correctly diagnose.
Our consultants will take the time to listen to you and your child, our consultants will go through a list of symptoms.
There is currently no single test that can accurately diagnose CFS – your consultant will arrange a series of tests and there may be a need to meet with other specialists to determine if your child has the condition.
Symptoms can include extreme fatigue, feeling tired and weak, headaches and dizziness. Another symptom is lack of concentration and memory, these symptoms are present in a look of other illnesses and conditions so the need for an accurate diagnosis is vital for speedy treatment.
If your child is diagnosed, our consultants will recommend some lifestyle changes that can put your child on the path to recovery and in the best place to beat this illness. Due to the emotional symptoms involved, we may recommend meeting with a therapist or counsellor.
Constipation in young children
Constipation is common in young children and can usually be treated easily with simple changes to your diet it’s very rarely caused by a medical condition. Symptoms include stomach ache and young children may also find it painful having a bowel movement which creates a vicious cycle as they are likely to experience more pain.
Once constipation has passed it’s a good idea to ensure it doesn’t return, our consultants are on hand to advise ways to deal with it in the future, these may include medication or lifestyle changes.
It’s important to get diagnosed as early as possible for diabetes, the longer it goes untreated the greater risk to your child’s health. Some common symptoms of type 1 diabetes include an increase in thirst, hunger and urination, there may be unexplained weight loss and a sudden onset of fatigue, blurred vision and headaches.
We’re able to diagnose childhood or juvenile diabetes and can give you advice on the next steps to dealing with the condition.
Diarrhoea and vomiting
Diarrhoea is easily spread and is linked to stomach bugs, usually passes in a few days. The common treatment is at home, ensuring they receive plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration.
If you find that your child keeps vomiting and they’re unable to keep fluids down and are becoming dehydrated it could mean that there is a more serious underlying problem. If vomiting persists for longer than two days or they have diarrhoea for longer than seven days.
Due to the likelihood of spreading bugs, you should phone your GP as they may recommend a phone check-up. Common causes are norovirus, stomach bugs (gastroenteritis) and food poisoning.
Gastroesophageal reflux (GER)
Reflux or GER is when your baby brings up whatever they have just swallowed. It varies from vomiting as the muscles do not contract. Reflux isn’t usually a cause for concern, it’s very common and often passes by the time your child is one-year-old.
Avoiding certain foods and liquids, eating smaller meals, often keeping a journal or diary of the foods that trigger reactions is a great way of keeping on top of reflux.
Most children will grow out of GER but there are others that will require medical treatment. GER can lead to a serious disease and will require treatment. Our consultants are on hand to advise you on the best course of treatment for your child.
Kidney and bladder problems
Children can suffer from an upper urinary tract infection (UTI) which can affect the kidneys or a lower UTI which is usually an infection of the bladder (cystitis) or the urethra.
UTIs in children can be fairly common, are usually not serious and can be treated simply with antibiotics. However, they can often be difficult to spot as the symptoms can be vague or unclear and young children can sometimes struggle to clearly communicate how they are feeling.
Our paediatricians have decades of experience, they have the knowledge to put you at ease and get your child back to feeling and living better.
Migraines and headaches
As with adults, migraines can be very severe, with additional symptoms such as nausea, dizziness, an increased sensitivity to light, abdominal pain and mood changes amongst other symptoms.
There’s currently no simple cure for migraines – often finding out what is triggering the migraine can often help with treatment. Looking at ways of preventing them from being triggered and treating the symptoms is currently the best way to manage childhood migraines.
Our paediatricians will diagnose your child to find out if the migraines are linked to an underlying condition.
Let us help you start living life better
From booking your appointment, to receiving your results with one of our doctors, we’ll look after you through the whole process.
1. To book in just call us on 0300 247 0121. You pay when you check out for your appointment
2. Once you’ve booked in, we’ll then text you a reminder of the time and date you should arrive and who you’ll be seeing
3. We’ll ask you to arrive a little early and you’ll be looked after by one of our brilliant team
4. You can arrange a follow-up appointment with us at check out.
We hold ourselves to the very highest standards. Everything we talk about will be confidential.
If you'd like to book an appointment or make an enquiry, please give us a call on 0300 247 0121.
We are DDA compliant, with wheelchair access to the building and a consulting room and disabled toilet on the ground floor. We are currently having a ramp built to allow easy wheelchair access. In the meantime we are using something called a ‘stair climber’ so wheelchair users can access the building while the works are being completed. Our client advisors will be able to assist with any other requirements you may have.
If, for whatever reason, you miss your consultant appointment and haven’t informed us at least 24 hours in advance, unfortunately we will need to charge you £180 towards the appointment as a late cancellation fee.
Your doctor may feel that further tests, for example blood tests, are needed in order to confirm any diagnosis. Please bear in mind that you will need need to pay for these additional tests yourself, but whether you decide to go ahead with these is up to you. You should always feel your doctor has given you enough information to help you make an informed decision about any of the options for additional services they might go through with you.
Currently unless you are a non-UK resident we are unable to directly accept any PMI or private health insurance. In some cases for non-UK residents your international health insurance may mean that you can use Virgin Care Private as part of your policy. Please check with your insurer. Any additional tests that your doctor may feel are necessary may also be available through the NHS. If you are interested in this please ask the doctor or consultant to advise. Unfortunately most UK-based private health insurance schemes do not cover primary care (such as private GP consultations), though some insurance companies require specialist referrals to be made by a GP (private or NHS) before they will cover the cost. Some policies cover the cost of laboratory tests. We are not able to liaise with insurance companies directly, and you will therefore need to pay for your treatment as a private patient. We will provide you with an itemised invoice to assist you in reclaiming any payments your insurance company may be able to cover.
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