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

Creating a relaxing environment for children at GOSH

A wall decorated with painted animals, from GO Create!
The hospital’s GO Create! arts programme aims to create friendly and engaging surroundings throughout the GOSH site. The programme actively engages with children around the hospital in a range of interactive workshops – including art, music and dance – to give them a chance to express themselves, relax with other children and take their minds off tests and treatments.

The overwhelming majority of families surveyed said taking part in an arts activity “significantly improved” their experience of hospital, demonstrating the value of the GO Create! programme in improving wellbeing.

GO Create! artists also work with children at the hospital to cover many of the hospital walls in colourful artworks, which help to soften its clinical aspect and make it a more pleasant place for children to be. A total of 4,769 children participated in these workshops throughout the year.

Bringing a smile to children’s faces

Young patients with severe skin conditions that significantly affect their appearance can have an extremely difficult time growing up. To tackle this issue, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity provided funding to place Fiona Coldwell – a dedicated social worker/Changing Faces practitioner – in the Dermatology team.

Fiona devises practical strategies for children to help them deal with their condition and helps them improve their confidence and overall wellbeing.  A total of 80 families received valuable support from this service in the year 2014/15.

Fiona’s role is funded in partnership with the charity Changing Faces and Top Right Group.

“It really is inspiring to see a family pull together through some of the hardest moments of their lives and I feel privileged to be able to be a part of their experience.”

Fiona Coldwell