What to bring

To make sure you don't forget to bring the essentials when you come to Great Ormond Street Hospital, here's a handy list of what you might need to bring. 

  • Your 'Child Health Record' (red book) if your child is under five years old.
  • Your family doctor's (GP) address if you have changed doctors recently. 
  • Any samples, for instance samples of urine, which you have been asked to bring.

  • Anything else you have been asked to bring, such as food or drink, special equipment or reports about your child from your family doctor (GP) or local team.

  • Details of any medicines your child is currently taking and any that you might need yourself during your child's stay.

  • Any questions you want to ask and some paper to make notes if you like.

  • Proof that you are receiving benefits, if applicable.

  • Special feeds or baby milk, nappies and baby wipes.

  • Any forms given to you on a previous visit.

  • Your diary so you can book another appointment.

  • Your appointment letter.

  • Day and night clothes - even if your child is coming as a day patient, it is wise to bring a change of clothes just in case.

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste and other wash things - again just in case for day patients.

  • Your child's special toy, even if it is old and worn.

  • A dummy or bottle if your child uses one.

Please bring only the essentials, as space is limited on some of our wards, particularly for large bags and suitcases.

Please note the hospital cannot accept responsibility for any loss or damage to personal property.

Top tips for parents 

Some of our parents have put together this useful guide for other parents coming to Great Ormond Street Hospital. Watch our video for advice on what to bring, how to keep busy between appointments and what to expect before you come here.

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