New family accommodation opens just ninety seconds from GOSH

28 Jul 2022, 10:21 a.m.

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Two new family accommodation complexes have opened their doors right next to Great Ormond Street Hospital.

GOSH Charity partners, Royal Bank of Canada and McColl’s Retail Group, have each raised an incredible £1 million to fund the new accommodation through their employees and customers. The facilities will provide parents and carers of patients staying at the hospital with a place to stay free of charge, just moments away from their child's bedside.

In our film, GOSH Mum Tahmineh shares how important family accommodation was for her family whilst her son, Idris, was undergoing treatment at GOSH.

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The family-focused facilities

The renovation project has seen two 18th century townhouses on Powis Place transformed into modern, comfortable facilities for 40 people, just seconds away from the hospital.

Royal Bank of Canada House and McColl’s House will feature bedrooms of various sizes, kitchen facilities, a quiet room, sitting rooms, and laundry and dining areas, giving families a place to relax and rest away from the busy hospital setting.

Designed to cater to the needs of families whose children require urgent and specialist care, priority for places in the new accommodation will be for parents or carers with children in intensive care units, as they can’t stay on the ward with their child.

“My team and I look after some of the most seriously ill children in the hospital and, like the rest of our colleagues, deliver family-centred care which is crucial for families with children being treated in intensive care. Children at GOSH don’t just come from London and the South-East, they travel from the whole of the UK, as well as further afield. This means their parents and carers need a space to sleep and recharge, but most of all to be near their child so they can be at their bedside whenever needed – in intensive care, this can sometimes be very quickly, day or night, so having Royal Bank of Canada House and McColl’s House a stone’s throw away from ICU will make an immeasurable difference.”

Dr Joe Brierley, Consultant in Paediatric and Neo-natal Intensive Care

The building and renovation of family accommodation close to the hospital is one of GOSH Charity’s key funding areas, and through the generous support of partners and donors who give to the charity, the hospital can continue to improve services offered to families during what is often a challenging and daunting time. As the hospital treats seriously ill children from right across the UK, family accommodation is crucial for those families travelling from outside London with a child in need of life-changing care.

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