Impact of the Tick Tock Club

Since its launch in 2006, the Tick Tock Club has raised over £43 million to help create three world-class clinical centres and one new state-of-the-art iMRI Suite at Great Ormond Street Hospital:

The Wolfson Heart and Lung Centre

The Wolfson Heart and Lung Centre opened in 2012 and includes:

  • Walrus Ward, which carries out clinical investigations and contains diagnostic facilities, including the Lung Function Unit, Cardiac Day Care Unit and ECHO/ECG Unit.
  • Flamingo Ward, which is the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit providing specialised care for patients from birth to 19 years.
  • Bear Ward, which provides specialist care for cardiac patients. Some children stay after surgery and others attend for assessment and non-surgical management. In January 2018 the facilities on Bear Ward relocated to the new Alligator Ward.

The Kidney Care UK Centre

The British Kidney Care UK Centre on Eagle Ward opened in 2012 and provides care for children with renal problems such as kidney failure, as well as for patients on dialysis or those having a transplant.

The Dorfman Surgery Centre

The Dorfman Surgery Centre opened in November 2017 and brings together the majority of the hospital’s surgical patients and world-class surgical staff into a state-of-the-art new facility. Facilities include:

  • Two specialised operating theatres
  • Two dedicated anaesthetic rooms where parents can be with their child while they receive an anaesthetic, away from the intimidating environment of the theatre itself
  • Nightingale Unit – here a highly specialised team of doctors and nurses will ensure patients, who have undergone minor operations, procedures or investigations, are safe as they recover from their anaesthetic
  • A new 48-bed inpatient floor, including a surgical inpatient ward with a high-dependency bay and two 4-bed bays, for children who require closer monitoring.

The Khoo Teck Puat iMRI Suite

The Khoo Teck Puat iMRI Suite was officially opened in May 2021 and will transform the way brain surgery is performed at Great Ormond Street Hospital to improve the outcomes for our young patients.  It mean answers are quicker and will allow surgeons to push harder for the best possible outcome.

Click here to take a look inside The Khoo Teck Puat iMRI suite through this specially prepared film led by Consultant Paediatric Neurosurgeon, Mr Kristian Aquilina.

The new facility will benefit hundreds of children at GOSH and includes:

  • A new integrated operating theatre that embraces the latest in theatre technology, including brain mapping and navigation software to guide a surgeon throughout the procedure. It also includes a built-in shuttle system to safely transport patients seamlessly from the theatre to the MRI scanner without the child leaving the operating table.
  • A 3T MRI scanner that offers outstanding clarity and high-definition images of the brain, giving surgeons the optimum information for their decision-making.
  • Two anaesthetic rooms, one anaesthetic room has direct access to the theatre and the other connects to the MRI scanning room. Crucially, each room provides a friendly and calm environment that allows parents to stay with their child before their surgery until they are asleep.
  • Control room. A dedicated area that allow radiographers, radiologists and surgeons to interpret real-time imaging during an operation and agree how best to proceed with the patient’s surgery.
  • Scanning room. The scanning room is a purpose-designed, child-friendly environment that creates as welcoming a space as possible for our young patients.