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Sam’s EEG video telemetry

Sam has been to the doctor.

Sam’s doctor said they needed to have a test called an EEG telemetry test.

This is what happened to Sam when they had their EEG telemetry test.

Sam’s parents got a letter. The letter told her that they would be coming to the hospital for a short stay in a special room with an EEG computer in.

Illustration of EEG room with teddy on bed

Going to the hospital

On the day of their test, they rang the hospital to make sure their bed was ready.

Sam went to the hospital. They could go with their mummy or daddy who would stay with them. They packed a bag with some of Sam’s favourite things to do and some pyjamas. When they arrived, they had a ride in a lift. They gave their letter to a person on the ward and then sat in a waiting room.

Then someone called Sam’s name and mummy and Sam went into the room where they were going to stay. In the room were some toys, a bed, a television and a computer. The nurse said that they would use the computer to take their picture.

Illustration of child having their head measured

Sam gets ready for their EEG test

Sam and mum unpacked their bag.

The EEG physiologist came to put the special wires on. Sam sat on a chair and had their head measured and rubbed with a cotton bud. This tickled a bit.

Next sticky paste was put on their head and coloured wires were pressed on top of this paste.  Special glue was added so that the wires do not fall off. The wires went into a bag that Sam wore all the time.

Illustration of child having sticky paste put onto their forehead to connect to wires

Sam’s test

Sam could sit on the bed and play with his toys for the rest of the day until bedtime. Mummy had a camp bed at the side of Sam’s bed.

The computer made a video recording of Sam and drew lots of squiggly lines for the doctor to look at.

Sam had all their meals like breakfast, lunch and dinner brought to him in his room.

Sometimes Sam was asked to do some things like open and close their eyes or take some big breaths like blowing a candle out.

Illustration of child with their thumbs up and a smiley face sticker on their jumper

Sam’s test is all finished

The nurses and the EEG physiologist looked after Sam every day and after a few nights it was time for Sam to go home. All the coloured wires were taken off and the sticky stuff was wiped out of their hair.

After Sam went home with mummy the doctors looked at all the squiggly lines. Then they wrote a letter to his hospital doctor and this would help them when they next saw Sam at the hospital.

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If you are unsure about any aspect of the procedure proposed, please do not hesitate to ask for more information.

If you have any questions or worries after reading this information please ring the Department of Clinical Neurophysiology on:
0114 271 3237, open Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 4.30pm.

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Please note: this is a generic information sheet relating to care at Sheffield Children’s NHS FT. These details may not reflect treatment at other hospitals. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professionals’ instructions. If this resource relates to medicines, please read it alongside the medicine manufacturer’s patient information leaflet. If this information has been translated into another language from English, efforts have been made to maintain accuracy, but there may still be some translation errors. If you are unsure about any of the guidance in this resource or have specific questions about how it relates to your child, always ask your healthcare professional for further advice.

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