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About the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (Pals)

Pals is a free and confidential service which helps patients, parents and carers with any information, concerns, or problems that they have about their NHS care/service.             

It is recognised that sometimes the service that patients receive is not as good as it should be. The hospital values your comments whether positive or negative as they help us to improve our service.  

  • Pals will help and advise on any issue related to your hospital experience. We recognise that being in hospital can cause lots of difficulties and we are happy to listen and offer our support.
  • Pals will liaise with the various departments in the hospital on your behalf to resolve your problems and where appropriate refer you to outside help.
  • Pals is also able to provide health information on wide range of medical conditions.

Pals attempts to resolve your problems quickly. However, if you feel the need to complain about any aspect of your NHS experience, we will be happy to advise and guide you through the complaints procedure.

We promise to:

  • contact you in two working days of your request
  • advise you on the options available and help you to resolve your problem
  • deal with your concerns in confidence and only pass on information to other departments with your permission
  • keep you regularly informed of the progress of any action you ask us to take on your behalf
  • use your experiences to help improve services in the future
We welcome any suggestions that you feel would help to improve the Pals service.

Pals staff

The service is staffed by:        

  • Luke Murphy, Pals Service Manager
  • Hannah Dolden, Pals Officer
  • Nathan Shanmugadasa, Pals Assistant

How to contact us

You can contact the Pals staff:

  • By phone: 020 7829 7862 (direct line)
  • By email: pals@gosh.nhs.uk  
  • In person: You are welcome to visit the office during opening times to discuss any issues that you may have.

How to find us

The Pals office is located in the main hospital reception, on your right as you come through the entrance.

Opening times

We are open Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm.

Watch our support services video

Watch our video to find out more information about the many support services available to patients and parents at Great Ormond Street Hospital, including the Pals service and the chaplaincy.

If the video is not showing please watch it on YouTube.

You can also read a full transcript of our support services video.

If you are not happy

If you are not happy with the service you receive from Pals, please contact the Assistant Chief Nurse, Caroline Joyce by email or in writing to:
 
Caroline Joyce; Assistant Chief Nurse
Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children 
Great Ormond Street 
London
WC1N 3JH