Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity provides funds for the hospital to replace or gain additional medical equipment. This enables the clinical and research teams at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) to take advantage of advances in medical science and technology to deliver better care to children.
Our supporters help us to provide the hospital with leading-edge equipment that allow our exceptional doctors and nurses to improve diagnosis and treatments, and continue to provide children with world-class care.
Video – Medical equipment we use
Hear from Martin Elliott – a paediatric heart and lung surgeon at GOSH – about how highly-specialised medical equipment and dedicated play therapists funded by the charity help children and young people deal with any fears or worries about hospital, illness or treatment.
A video transcript is also available.
Some of the other specialist equipment we've helped to purchase over the last year includes:
Life-saving equipment for children who struggle to breathe
Most of the children and young people treated in GOSH’s critical care wards struggle to breathe without the help of life-saving equipment that mechanically moves air into their lungs. These respiratory support machines provide vital support to children while they are at their most vulnerable, giving them a fighting chance of recovery.
In 2014/15, we began a programme of replacing much of the hospital’s oldest respiratory support equipment, ensuring that children at GOSH continue to have access to the best care possible.
The initial phase of the programme saw 88 of our respiratory humidifiers replaced. Humidifiers play a vital role in respiratory support – carefully conditioning the air given to children to protect their fragile lungs from infection and damage.
The next phase of the project involves replacing 44 of our ventilators, the pieces of equipment that physically move air into the lungs of children on intensive care wards. This will be a phased programme, with the first stage aiming to update our neonatal ventilators.
Next-generation imaging technology
Doctors at GOSH rely on advanced imaging techniques to peer inside a child’s body and look for the causes of disease to plan treatment accordingly.
In 2014/15, we helped the hospital secure two new state-of-the-art scanning machines including a 3T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine and a computerised tomography (CT) scanner to complete the hospital’s world-class Turtle Imaging Suite.
Both machines allow doctors to view more detailed images of their patients and make better treatment plans than ever before. The new CT scanner produces a lower and safer radiation dose to the children and young people who need a scan.
To maximise the potential of a lower-dose CT scanner, the charity have recently funded a Radiation Physicist, who will work to optimise this new instrument so that doctors continue to use the lowest possible doses of radiation while maximising the machine’s diagnostic capacity.
Theatre 10 refurbishment
The refurbishment of Theatre 10 at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) provides specialist surgical teams with one of the most advanced operating theatres in the world.
The latest surgical equipment is fully integrated within the walls and ceiling of the theatre, improving outcomes for children treated in the theatre by making it easier for staff to prepare for surgery. Advanced imaging equipment safely monitors children undergoing treatment for a variety of conditions and robotic surgical tools can be programmed in advance, improving surgical precision and reducing turnaround times between operations.
The theatre is much larger than any other at GOSH and allows multiple teams to work together on complex procedures, such as separating conjoined twins. High resolution video and audio equipment will record pioneering procedures to help train specialists across the world and share new surgical ideas.
The charity committed around £2.5 million towards the development of the theatre and will continue looking at other areas it can help redevelop. Great Ormond Street Hospital is battling with buildings that are nearing the end of their useful lives and must urgently be replaced.
Our ambitious redevelopment programme aims to rebuild two-thirds of the GOSH site over a 20-year period. Find out more about and support the hospital’s redevelopment.