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Where the charity's money goes

Great Ormond Street Hospital has always relied on charitable support, since it first opened its doors on Valentine's day 1852. Over the years, the hospital's charity (GOSHCC) has grown in leaps and bounds, and now aims to raise over £150 million over 5 years to keep the hospital at the cutting edge of paediatric medicine.

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Vital equipment

The hospital's charity provides millions of pounds to the hospital each year to purchase vital clinical and medical equipment, which the NHS funding cannot cover. This can start at £75 for a syringe pump. Here are just a few examples of how our supporters wished their money to be spent:

  • Mass Spectrometer: £209,000. This provides a detailed analysis of a child's blood and can be used by researchers looking for insights into the causes of childhood conditions such as leukaemia, diabetes, asthma and genetic disorders.

  • Pyrosequencing Machine: £155,000. This machine is a new way of quickly producing short pieces from DNA. It is used to identify individual differences in DNA, which can cause genetic disease and also increase susceptibility to common problems such as asthma and diabetes.

  • ECHO cardiology machine: £130,000. This ultrasound machine is the safest and best way to produce images of the heart in foetuses, newborns and young children. The results show whether surgery is required, if drugs can be used initially to resolve the problems and to monitor progress.

Cutting-edge research

Great Ormond Street Hospital is the largest paediatric research and training centre in Britain. All areas of the hospital take part in research, including a particular focus on research by nurses and professionals allied to medicine.

Among their many achievements, our researchers have devised mini-bone marrow transplants for children too sick to have a full-blown BMT, the development of a hepatitis C vaccine and ground-breaking gene therapy trials. New drugs have been pioneered for the treatment of epilepsy, arthritis and HIV, while new techniques for cardiac surgery have made it safer and more effective.

Family accommodation

Great Ormond Street houses 1,000 parents each week on site. It aims to give a bed for the night to one parent of every inpatient, and both parents of intensive care patients. Number 3, Powis Place, houses parents of children in the Intensive Care Unit.

The Paul O’Gorman Patient Hotel has opened opposite the hospital, providing 30 patient and family rooms and eight Transitional Care Flats. The patient and family rooms, with shared living areas can be used the night before an early morning appointment, or when children are coming to the hospital on consecutive days.

The Transitional Care Flats offer a supportive home-from-home environment where families can learn to provide the long-term care of their child before they return to their home or local hospital.

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