The end of treatment bell at GOSH
17 Jan 2024, 1:42 p.m.
For many families affected by childhood cancer, the end of treatment bell can symbolise hope and celebration. Keep reading to learn more about how it works at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).
The end of treatment bell is a bell that patients can ring when they finish treatment.
Finishing treatment can mean different things to different families. For example, it could mean finishing the final round of chemotherapy or heading home after a long stay in hospital.
Many different wards at GOSH have an end of treatment bell. These include Elephant, Lion, Giraffe, Safari, Fox and Robin Wards. There is also a mobile bell, which can be wheeled around – it can even be taken outside.
The end of treatment bells at the hospital have been donated by the charity End of Treatment Bells.
Hugo’s end of treatment bell
Hugo arrived at GOSH in October 2022 to receive treatment for hepatoblastoma – a rare type of liver cancer.
After undergoing chemotherapy and a successful liver transplant, he rang the end of treatment bell in June 2023.
You can watch this special moment in the video below.
The milestone bell
For some children, treatment doesn't ever finish. But that doesn't mean there aren't things to celebrate.
As well as the end of treatment bell, GOSH is also home to the milestone bell – a relatively new addition to the hospital.
Its primary purpose is to celebrate achievements during treatment, like getting to the end of chemotherapy before starting the next stage of treatment or just getting through a really tough time.
It’s all about marking milestones – whatever they may be.
Childhood and cancer. Two words that should never go together.
And yet, every year, around 1,800 families in the UK are told their child has cancer.
Right now, there are extraordinary opportunities to improve the odds for children with cancer once and for all.
We’re raising money to build a new, world-leading Children’s Cancer Centre at GOSH, providing a greater capacity to offer life-saving care for more children with cancer.
Together, we can build it. Together, we can help more children get to ring the end of treatment bell.