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Elephant Ward

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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. You can find Elephant Ward on Level 6 of the Octav Botnar Wing. 

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.

About the ward

Find out more about Elephant Ward by watching our short video below.

If the video is not showing, please watch it on YouTube. A video transcript is also available.

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
  • Nicola Burns-Muir, Head of Nursing
  • Laura Taylor, Ward Sister

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.

The Activity Centre

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The Activity Centre is found on Level 2 of the Southwood Building.

The Activity Centre welcomes inpatients, outpatients and siblings of all ages and abilities from 0 to 19 years old. There is plenty of space for activities, toys, games and crafts. There are also lots of DVDs and books as well as ICT equipment.

Have a look at the Activity Centre timetable to find out what's happening when.

Toys and activities include action figures, play sets, vehicles and constructions, creative play, books, puzzles, messy play, cooking and sign language.


The Children's Hospital School

Hospital School - Sam sat on white chair at the mac

The Hospital School offers lessons to inpatients from 5 to 18 years of age. We follow the national curriculum and can liaise with your home school to make sure your education remains as normal as possible.

You can choose which lessons you come to, and you won't get in trouble if you're not feeling up to it. We can arrange lessons in lots of different places, including your bedside if you’re too poorly to go to the classroom. We also have special teachers for patients with special needs and learning difficulties, so everyone is always welcome. For more information visit the Children's Hospital School page or download the leaflet.

More information

Learn about the different people who can help you get better while you are in hospital by watching the Meet our staff video.
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