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Meeting to discuss future of hospital

12 October 2007

Should Great Ormond Street Hospital for children run more local services – as well as the specialist services which are its main work?  Should our international work be separated and run by an independent charity?  Which services should Great Ormond Street Hospital expand?  How is the hospital progressing as it seeks to become a Foundation Trust? 

These are some of the questions that will be discussed at two public meetings in Camden.  Everyone interested in child health is welcome to attend.

Thursday 25th October,  2pm-3.30pm, Weston House, Great Ormond Street

Tuesday 20th November, 6.30pm-8pm, Institute of Child Health, 30 Guilford St

(The Institute backs onto the hospital)

If you intend to come or need assistance please call 020 7239 3123 or email foundation@gosh.nhs.uk.  It is helpful for us to have numbers hoping to attend.

Great Ormond Street Hospital and the UCL Institute of Child Health

-employ 3,300 people

-are the largest centre for research into childhood illness outside the US

-are the largest trainers of children’s healthcare specialists in the UK

-the hospital is the largest centre for heart or brain surgery in children, runs the largest intensive care unit for children, and with UCLH is the largest centre for children with cancer in Europe.

Contact information:

GOSH-ICH Press Office: 020 7239 3130
Email: Coxs@gosh.nhs.uk
For genuine and urgent out of hours call speak to switchboard on 020 7405 9200

Notes to editors

International patient consultation on www.gosh.nhs.uk/world or call 020 7239 3123 or email foundation@gosh.nhs.uk

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS 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 the US 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.