Patient and family support

We believe in caring not only for the child but for the whole family. This care comes in many forms, from financial advice and spiritual counselling, to the provision of accommodation for parents. 

How can your support help?

  • by funding accommodation for parents to stay overnight

  • by paying towards a parent’s bed in our new building 

  • by funding meals for breast feeding mothers 

  • by contributing towards our multi-faith chaplaincy 

  • by supporting patient families needing help with expenses

Patient and family accommodation

We know that having a child in hospital is difficult so we aim to relieve some pressure by funding accommodation. This could be funding towards patient accommodation in the patient hotel in Weston House, or towards family accommodation in various locations in and near the hospital.

Find out more about our patient and family accommodation on our hospital website.

There are few greater challenges for a parent than when their child is ill. Providing welfare and support for families and staff is so important as it allows everyone to concentrate on what matters most – caring for the patients.

Alan Hodson, Chair of Special Trustees

Jim Linthicum, Lead Chaplain
Jim Linthicum, Lead Chaplain

Chaplaincy and spiritual care

We help provide spiritual and religious support to patients, families and staff at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) by contributing to the running costs of the chaplaincy service.

GOSH treats some of the sickest children from across the UK. Sometimes they come to us as a last resort, having exhausted other treatment options. Understandably, this can be a very stressful time for parents and carers, as well as staff who may need support with the difficult situations they experience treating very ill children.

The Chaplaincy team is here to provide support to all of them, in accordance with their personal beliefs and in whatever form they need, whether that's a quiet space to reflect, a listening ear, or prayer.

Maya and Sylwia's story

Haemodialysis treatment is a life-saving treatment but also has a big impact on the lives of patients and their families. Children must come to hospital at least three times a week to be dialysed, meaning schoolwork can suffer and parents and carers can struggle with work and childcare for siblings. Arranging holidays can be extremely challenging and often, rarely achieved.

Maya and her mum Sylwia

Home haemodialysis can bring a huge improvement to a family’s quality of life as it frees them from this routine, enabling kidney patients to have treatment at home.

Eight-year-old Maya has end-stage kidney failure and is awaiting a kidney transplant. Before joining the programme, Maya and her mum, Sylwia, were travelling to GOSH three days a week for over an hour each way. But thanks to new technology, Maya is now undergoing dialysis treatment at home.

Mum Sylwia says: “Maya missed so much at school because of the dialysis and hospital stays. She can go to school five days a week now. The teachers are remarking that she has improved so much."

Within weeks, Sylwia also noticed an improvement in Maya’s health and general wellbeing: “She never felt better on dialysis. This form of dialysis is more gentle and it seems to be more effective. We can now take the machine and go on holidays like everyone else.”