Caterpillar Outpatients

Caterpillar is the outpatient department of the Harris International and Private Patient Centre at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).

Caterpillar treats children with a wide range of conditions. Children come from all over the world for the expert medical treatment and care available here. Regular clinics are led by specialist consultants from a wide range of clinical divisions. 

The department has nine consulting rooms which includes four isolation room for infectious patients. The department also contains a treatment room and a large waiting area with extensive play facilities. Caterpillar offers a range of specialty clinics as well as specialist nurse clinics.

Location

The department is on Level 2 of the Octav Botnar Wing. The entrance to Caterpillar Outpatients is around the corner from the main hospital entrance on Lamb's Conduit Street.
Caterpillar Outpatients
International Division
Level 2, Octav Botnar Wing
Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust
Great Ormond Street
London
WC1N 3JH
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Contacts

International and Private Patients Reception telephone number: +44 (0)20 7405 9200 extension 8517/0307

Ward managers' office telephone number: +44 (0)20 7813 8405

Caterpillar nurses' station telephone number: +44 (0)20 7405 9200 extension 0681

Email enquiries to: privateinfo@gosh.nhs.uk

We offer an Arabic interpreting service between the hours of 9am and 7pm. If you require interpreting assistance for any other languages, please request help in advance of the appointment by calling 020 7813 8505. 

Staff on the ward

A patient on Caterpillar Ward at GOSH
Caterpillar Outpatients is primarily run by our highly qualified nursing team, including clinical nurse specialists, healthcare assistants, play specialists, housekeeping staff and administration support. 

Head of Nursing - Judith Adams

Clinical Nurse Manager - Claudia Tomlin

Outpatient Manager - Lisa Lavia

Specialties

Regular clinics are held by consultants from a wide range of expert clinical specialties included in the list below. For the full list of our specialties and clinics, please visit our clinical specialties section.

Ward Information

Opening hours 

A patient on Caterpillar Outpatients unit at GOSH
Caterpillar Outpatients provides a service from 8am to 8pm, Monday to Thursday and from 8am to 6pm on Fridays.

Please report to the International and Private Patients reception desk to register. A member of the reception team will register your arrival prior to guiding you to your clinic

Siblings are welcome to attend the consultation but we do ask you not to bring children who have recently had contact with chickenpox or measles, or has shingles, diarrhoea and vomiting or respiratory symptoms. 

Regulations on the ward

The following are not allowed on Caterpillar:

  • Flowers – water in the vase can develop a bacterium that can cause infection in children.
  • Latex balloons – due to potential allergic reactions.
  • Hot drinks – for safety reasons.

If your child has either had recent contact with chickenpox or measles, or has chickenpox, measles, shingles, diarrhoea and vomiting, then please contact a member of the nursing team before arriving on +44 (0)207 405 9200 Ext: 0681.

Facilities

For parents

You are a valued member of your child’s healthcare team and we encourage you to take part in their care as much as possible while in hospital.

There is a comfortable waiting area for parents that you are welcome to use while you are waiting for your clinic appointment. We ask that you do not bring hot drinks into the department but there is water provided.

Meals are not provided for parents or children, but food and drink can be bought from various places within the hospital and local area.

For children

Caterpillar Ward play area
There is a dedicated play area for children that we hope your child will enjoy while visiting Caterpillar.

A play specialist will be available to provide appropriate support for your child.
If your child needs a blood test or any other investigation, a play specialist can help with preparation and distraction.