Lots of people don’t realise that Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) cares for children and young people right up to the age of 18. Teenagers and young adults are a really important part of our community and we love to hear your thoughts about the hospital!
What you can do
- Tell your school or college about GOSH! Why not ask if you can do a special assembly to let your classmates and teachers know more about us? We’ve got everything you need on our schools pages.
- Take part in our exciting 5k fun run, RBC Race for the Kids. You can walk, jog or run it and the whole family is invited!
- If you’re a patient you can find information about your condition and visiting the hospital.
- Have your say about important issues affecting the hospital and healthcare by joining our Young People’s Forum. All 11-25 year olds are invited to apply.
- If you’re over the age of 10 you can be a part of the hospital’s future by becoming a Foundation Trust member. You’ll be sent information and updates about the hospital, and be asked for your opinion in surveys throughout the year.
Megan: “Hello, my name is Megan and I’m 17 years old. In my spare time I love to go shopping, eat food and spend lots of time with my friends.
"I came to Great Ormond Street Hospital when I 14 and had an operation when I was 15. The operation was because I had a deformed chest.
"Before my operation I was scared, worried and nervous, but the doctors and nurses helped by going through things slowly and calmly without rushing me.
"After my operation, I went up to Bear Ward where I stayed for about seven nights. I was in my own independent room so I could have all my friends and family come and visit me.
"When I didn't have my friends and family with me, I was watching films that I bought along with me, watching TV which was provided on the ward and I was texting my friends and keeping up contact.
"It made me feel good that my mum was close by and could just enjoy the experience of looking after me and seeing how I was."
The importance of donations
Megan speaks to Angie Scarisbrick, Advanced Nurse Practitioner
Megan: “Why is it important that people raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity?”
Angie: “Because the money gets used for so many things, such as research, which helps us to improve the quality of care and to improve the treatment that we give to our children, for equipment, parent accommodation.”
Megan: “Who gets treated at the hospital and how many patients are there?”
Angie: “Great Ormond Street is a specialist children’s hospital so it treats children with very specialist conditions. We see huge numbers every year (255,000 patient visits)."
Megan: Since my time at GOSH, I've realised they do lots of research which can help children with many conditions.
Megan speaks to Dr Owen Williams, Blood and Cancer Biology Researcher
Megan: “Why is research so important?”
Owen: “Because we really need to help the kids that we can’t cure at the moment in the hospital, and to do that we need to know how diseases function.”
Megan: “How important are donations?”
Owen: “Donations are vital. We have research councils that can fund our research. Without donations, the scale of the work we do would be much smaller.
Megan: "I know it sounds crazy, but I love coming back to GOSH because I love seeing all the nurses that took care of me and just having a nice big catch up.
“I think it’s important that people donate to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, because we can put the money into new research, new equipment and new wards."
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Extraordinary things happen at Great Ormond street Hospital every day. We couldn't do it without the support of schools like yours.