Dragonfly Ambulatory Care

This a unit which is for children from all over the world who need a bone marrow or stem cell transplant because of blood disorders, cancers, leukaemias or problems with their immunity or metabolism.

On Dragonfly they can have daycare theatre procedures, chemotherapy or investigations like MRI/CT scans.

After a procedure, a child will have a period of recovery on Dragonfly Ambulatory Care before being discharged home the same day.


Dragonfly is on Butterfly Ward, which is on Level 4 of the Octav Botnar Wing, part of Great Ormond Street Hospital’s Harris International and Private Patient Centre.

Dragonfly Ambulatory Care
International Division
Level 4, Octav Botnar Wing
Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust
Great Ormond Street



Dragonfly nurses‘ station telephone number: +44 (0)20 7405 9200 extension 6639 or bleep 2221

During evenings and weekends please contact Butterfly Ward on +44 (0)207 405 9200 extension 8645/0521.

Email enquiries to: privateinfo@gosh.nhs.uk

Staff on the ward

Dragonfly Ambulatory Care is primarily run by our highly qualified nursing team, including clinical nurse specialists, healthcare assistants, play specialists and housekeeping staff.

Children are under the care of specialist haematology, oncology and bone marrow transplant doctors.

The following members of staff will help you during your stay on the ward:

  • Judith Armstrong, Head of Nursing
  • Laura Graham, Ward Manager
  • Emma Hedges, Haematology/Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Lindsey Young, BMT Clinical Nurse Specialist


The special areas of expertise include the diagnosis and management of childhood leukaemia and solid tumours and supportive care during bone marrow transplant. See the list below for more information about these areas.

Ward Information

Dragonfly Ambulatory Care is open five days a week, Monday to Friday, from 8am to 8pm.

The unit is a four-bed day care area, part of Butterfly Ward. When you arrive at Butterfly you will find the door to the ward is locked. This is for the safety of our patients.

To enter, press the intercom system and a member of staff will let you in. Please ask a member of staff to direct you to Dragonfly Ambulatory Care.

Regulations on the ward

The following are not allowed on Dragonfly:

  • Flowers – water in the vases can develop a bacterium that can cause infection in children.
  • Latex balloons – due to potential allergic reactions.

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.


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 during your visit.

You are welcome to stay with your child all day. There are chairs for two parents beside each bed. Because Dragonfly is a day unit there is no accommodation for overnight stays on the ward.

There is a comfortable waiting area and a kitchen for parents on Butterfly Ward that you are welcome to use.

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

You can use your mobile phone inside the hospital but only in mobile-friendly zones. Using your mobile elsewhere could cause interference with our medical equipment.

For children

Light meals will be provided for your child when they are a Dragonfly patient.

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

A play specialist will provide appropriate support for your child during their stay.

Interpreting service

To contact the Arabic or Greek patient advocates, please ring 020 7405 9200 and ask the operator to bleep the appropriate advocate.