Elephant Ward is for children and young people with cancer and leukaemia.
You may have all your treatment at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), or your care might be split between GOSH and a hospital near your home. This means you can stay at home rather than spend a long time in hospital.
Elephant Ward has 17 beds.
Staff on the ward
Elephant Ward is mainly run by our team of nurses, who work closely with the doctors to help you get better.
Other staff who work on the ward include physiotherapists, pharmacists, healthcare assistants, play specialists and house-keeping staff.
The following members of staff will be available to help you during your stay on Elephant Ward:
- Mary Foo-Caballero, Lead Nurse
- Julie Bayliss, Head of Nursing
- Rachel Kershaw, Ward Sister
Conditions we treat
Some of conditions and treatments on Elephant Ward include:
- Diagnosis and management of childhood leukaemia, lymphomas and solid tumours
- Histiocytic disorders and myelodysplasias
- Disorders of haemoglobin synthesis, red cell disorders and bone marrow failure.
Facilities for children and young people
There is a play specialist who organises activities and can help you get ready for any procedures you may have in hospital.
You can also use the Centre on the ground floor of the Southwood Building, which has an outdoor area and a dedicated room (the Den) for teenagers.
If you are well enough, you can have lessons at the hospital school, which is on the ground floor of the Southwood Building, next to the Centre.
If you are not well enough to go to school, teachers can also come to Elephant Ward and give you lessons at the bedside.