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Paediatric gastroenterology and nutrition

What we do

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 (camera test), pH studies, breath tests and enteroscopy.

We also run a special clinic to help children with feeding problems.

For appointment enquiries, please contact Paediatric (Children’s) Outpatients on 020 3299 3560.


Third floor, Cheyne Wing, King’s College Hospital, Denmark Hill, London, SE5 9RS

Contact Details

Conditions we treat

We diagnose and treat:

  • recurrent vomiting and abdominal pain
  • chronic constipation and diarrhoea
  • bleeding per rectum
  • poor weight gain
  • gastro-oesophageal reflux
  • feeding difficulties
  • coeliac disease
  • food allergies
  • Crohn’s disease
  • ulcerative colitis
  • short gut syndrome
  • intestinal polyps
  • acute and chronic pancreatitis and intestinal failure.

We have facilities to do conventional and impedance pH studies, breath tests, pancreatic function tests, motility studies, endoscopy, ERCP, balloon enteroscopy and capsule endoscopy.

What is required before referring a patient

If the child is being referred for chronic diarrhoea, please ask their parent/carer to bring a stool sample with them to the appointment.

Booking a patient at King’s

GPs should refer via NHS e-referral (e-RS) wherever possible.

Other ways to refer

Routine Referrals

Other healthcare professionals can make routine referrals by phoning Paediatric Outpatients on 020 3299 3560.

Emergency Referrals

To make an urgent referral, GPs should use NHS e-Referral and state that the referral is urgent.

For emergency referrals, contact Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist Dr Babu Vadamalayan, bleep KH0130
Gastro secretary: 020 3299 1674
Out of hours, tel: 020 3299 9000

Other Queries

For other queries during working hours, contact the Paediatric Gastroenterology registrar via King’s main switchboard on 020 3299 9000.

Key Clinical Staff

Name Role
Mr Ben Hope Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist
Dr Huey Miin Lee Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist
Dr Babu Vadamalayan Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist