The Minister for Quality in the NHS, Earl Howe, visited Great Ormond Street Hospital www.gosh.nhs.uk
today to meet families and staff. He was briefed on safety and quality
projects in the hospital by Dr Jane Collins, Chief Executive.
Dr Collins said “In these challenging times for the NHS it is more
important than ever that we look at making clinical care as safe as
possible. It is what we would want for our own children, but also, in
the long run, safety and high quality is more efficient. It saves
resources which can then be spent on helping more children.”
Minister met families and held a private session with a range of staff
to hear their concerns, issues and ideas about the NHS.
Minister visited Lion Ward part of the in-patient oncology unit. The
Minister also visited the Somers Clinical Research facility and met
families on a rheumatology trial, and who are part of studies into
health families around diet and exercise. The Somers Clinical Research
Facility opened Dec 2008. It’s a purpose built centre, providing
specialist day care for children and young people taking part in
clinical research studies. It currently accommodates 50 studies.
- GOSH www.gosh.nhs.uk is with UCLH the largest centre for children with cancer in the UK.
2. Somers Clinical Research Facility (CRF)
are currently 50 active studies running in the CRF of which approx 50%
are industry funded, 35% are public sector funded and 15% are own
· Since opening in December 2008 over 550 children have participated in research in the CRF.
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