Refer a patient to the Orthopaedic Surgery department

This page includes information on how to refer a patient to the Orthopaedic Surgery department at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).

How to refer a patient

For an outpatient appointment

As a tertiary care hospital, all children who attend GOSH must be referred via local hospital consultants, community paediatricians or, in exceptional circumstances, via a GP.

To make a referral to the Orthopaedic Surgery department, please write to:

Department of Orthopaedics
Level 6, Paul O’Gorman Building
Great Ormond Street Hospital
Great Ormond Street

Alternatively please email or fax 020 7813 8243

Guidelines for making a referral

To process a referral to the Orthopaedic Surgery department at GOSH, we require the following minimum information:

Patient details

  • Name and details of patient including NHS number (if applicable), current GP and lead consultant.

  • 18-week pathway information including date referral decision made.

  • Whether an interpreter for the child or family is required.

  • Please include, if relevant, details about social services involvement and parental responsibility.

Clinical questions

  • Reason for referral such as diagnostic, prognostic, second opinion or other.

  • Details of previous orthopaedic opinions.

  • Referral letter with current information and referral question.

  • Details of relevant X-rays or scans.

Key staff members


Nursing staff

Services and facilities available

The Orthopaedic Surgery department at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) offers a specialist secondary and tertiary service covering all aspects of limb surgery.

The department provides a comprehensive assessment of complaints of the musculoskeletal system and then arranges the appropriate management.

The department acts as a tertiary referral centre for unusual or difficult elective paediatric orthopaedic conditions.

We work closely with colleagues in the departments of Rheumatology and Neurology and some patients with musculoskeletal problems will be more appropriately dealt with in these units.

The Orthopaedic Surgery Department includes a team of dedicated physiotherapists and orthotists as well as plaster technicians and specialist nurses.

Areas of expertise include:

  • management of primary and revision of club foot

  • developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) surgery

  • osteogenesis imperfecta

  • paediatric spinal deformity

  • neuromuscular orthopaedics

  • limb reconstruction surgery

Inpatients are cared for on Sky Ward, an 18-bed facility situated in the recently built Octav Botnar Wing, which caters for patients requiring both specialist orthopaedic and spinal surgery.

The ward has been designed specifically to meet the needs of orthopaedic patients. There is a fully equipped seminar room, plaster room and treatment room.

The ward is spacious with a mixture of side rooms and bays. There is also a high dependency area for children that have undergone spinal or major orthopaedic surgery.