The Dorfman Surgery Centre

Creating a world-class surgical facility

The creation of The Dorfman Surgery Centre marks an important moment in our plans to transform the hospital for generations to come. For the first time, it will bring together our surgical teams in one place to continue to push the boundaries of what is possible with paediatric surgery. It will enable our surgical teams to carry out more procedures, giving more children a chance of life, or a higher quality of life. 

Spanning the entirety of Level 6 of the Mittal Children’s Medical Centre, Bear Ward and Panther Ward come together to create a purpose-built 48-bed inpatient floor. Each single bedroom is en-suite and fully equipped with space for a parent or carer to stay by their child’s bedside. This floor includes a number of four-bed bays and a dedicated high dependency unit for close monitoring of high-risk patients.

Located on Level 3 is Nightingale Unit – a dedicated 29-bed recovery area for children to immediately recover from anaesthetic following surgery. For many patients, this new facility will ensure day patients can go straight home without being admitted to an inpatient ward. 

Alongside Nightingale Unit, The Dorfman Surgery Centre also includes two new integrated operating theatres and two anaesthetic rooms. 


Tim Johnson, CEO of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity, says: “I want to extend a huge thank you to the Dorfman family for the generosity they have shown towards the hospital. Their dedication and vision has helped to make this new centre a reality.”

“The Dorfman Surgery Centre will mean we can see more patients, and they will have a better journey of care and go home quicker,” adds Richard Hewitt, Consultant Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgeon.

Lloyd Dorfman, Chairman of The Dorfman Foundation (pictured above with his grandson, Jacob) comments: “My family and I are immensely proud to have supported this world-class centre, which will provide life-changing surgery to some of the most critically ill children across the UK and beyond.”