London 2012 chairman Lord Coe opens Great Ormond Street Hospital’s new Morgan Stanley Clinical Building with budding athletes

The first part of the Mittal Children’s Medical Centre opened today, benefitting hundreds of patients at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).

On Thursday 14 June 2012, Lord Coe, LOCOG Chair and Olympic gold medallist, visited GOSH to open the new Morgan Stanley Clinical Building, the first part of the Mittal Children’s Medical Centre. 

He was joined by fellow gold medallist and Paralympian Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, as they traded sporting tips with a group of patients who have enjoyed their own sporting success including at the British or World Transplant Games.

GOSH specialises in rare, complex and life threatening conditions in children and is recognised as one of the world’s leading children’s hospitals. The Morgan Stanley Clinical Building is an important element of the hospital’s major redevelopment plan to ensure patients receive world-class care in 21st century facilities and which will enable the hospital to treat up to 20 per cent more children and advance pioneering translational research programmes. 

The new clinical building includes the British Kidney Patient Association Children’s Kidney Centre, Wolfson Heart and Lung Centre and J N and Phyllis Somers Neurosciences Centre, as well as a hybrid angiography suite, three state-of-the-art operating theatres for patients requiring cardiac or neuro surgery and new diagnostic facilities. The new wards have more space and en suite bathrooms providing more privacy and comfort for patients and their families. There is also a new restaurant for staff and families.

As part of its support, The Walt Disney Company has provided a new play area designed specifically with the patients’ needs in mind, where children can relax and engage in a range of fun interactive zones with Disney’s characters. 

Seb Coe said: “I was delighted to accept the invitation to open Great Ormond Street Hospital’s new clinical building.  Great Ormond Street Hospital is recognised internationally as a centre of excellence and the clinical and surgical teams are among the best in the world. Every day they strive for excellence, but just like the best sportsmen and women, they need the best equipment and best facilities if they are to reach their full potential.  This morning I have met children on one of the new wards and have been left in no doubt that these new facilities and operating theatres will help to give children the very best chance possible.”

Dr Jane Collins, Chief Executive of Great Ormond Street Hospital said: “Today is a very important day for Great Ormond Street Hospital as it marks an important step forward in our plans to provide world-class facilities to our patients.  We are so grateful to all our supporters who have made this day possible.  Thanks to their generosity we are now able to provide our world-class care to patients with cardiac, renal and neurological conditions in more comfortable, spacious and appropriate facilities, offering the dignity and privacy the children and their families deserve. 

“At Great Ormond Street Hospital we aspire to provide world-class care to all of our patients.  We were delighted to see some of those patients who have benefited from transplants in our hospital and then go on to excel in the Transplant Games meet some of their sporting heroes today.”

Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity is now focused on raising £45m to complete the Mittal Children’s Medical Centre, which will see the redevelopment of the cardiac wing of the hospital. This will complete the hospital’s vision to provide modern facilities for all our inpatients, where a parent or carer can stay comfortably by their bedside.

Notes to editors

The Morgan Stanley Clinical Building has been made possible by donations and grants from thousands of organisations and individuals.

All those named in the press release above have contributed more than £1million to the redevelopment, as have the following: Department of Health (£75 million)
• The Barclay Foundation 
• The Bunting Family
• Channel 4’s Comedy Gala
• Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation PLC (ENRC)
• The Bernard Lewis Family Charitable Trust
• The Charles Wolfson Charitable Trust

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust is the country’s leading centre for treating sick children, with the widest range of specialists under one roof. With the UCL Institute of Child Health, we are the largest centre for paediatric research outside North America and play a key role in training children’s health specialists for the future.

Our charity needs to raise £50 million every year to help rebuild and refurbish Great Ormond Street Hospital, buy vital equipment and fund pioneering research. With your help we provide world class care to our very ill children and their families.
www.gosh.nhs.uk

About Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley raised over £11 million for Great Ormond Street Hospital through corporate donation and employee fundraising over three years. The partnership with Great Ormond Street Hospital forms part of Morgan Stanley’s Global Alliance for Children’s Health, which aims to give more children a healthy start in life by focusing on eliminating preventable death and disease in young children. In addition to partnering with Great Ormond Street Hospital, the firm founded the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York-Presbyterian, and has a partnership with Beijing Children’s Hospital.

Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) is a leading global financial services firm providing a wide range of investment banking, securities, investment management and wealth management services. The Firm's employees serve clients worldwide including corporations, governments, institutions and individuals from more than 1,300 offices in 43 countries. For further information about Morgan Stanley, please visit www.morganstanley.com/about

About the Walt Disney Company 
The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with five business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. Disney is a Dow 30 company.

The Walt Disney Company has operated in the UK for more than 75 years and currently employs over 3,500 people, and is dedicated to creating innovative, entertainment experiences for children and families. Disney’s magic is experienced in numerous ways including on a range of Disney branded channels, in more than 50 Disney Stores, on stage with The Lion King and of course in cinemas and retail outlets all across the country.

In 2008, Disney announced its partnership with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity focused on raising £10 million towards the hospital’s redevelopment appeal. The Disney Appeal works across all of the Disney businesses to raise funds and provide unique and memorable experiences for patients and their families.

About the British Kidney Patient Association (BKPA) 
The BKPA works to improve the quality of life for adults and children in the UK with kidney disease.
• We provide information, support and advice.
• We give grants to help those in financial difficulty.
• We provide financial support to many kidney units throughout the UK. 
www.britishkidney-pa.co.uk