Lion Ward

This ward is for children with childhood cancer, leukaemia and non malignant haematology conditions.

The department provides a comprehensive service for the diagnosis and management of childhood leukaemia and solid tumours.

Depending on their diagnosis and treatment plan, children may have all their treatment at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) or some of their treatment split between GOSH and their ‘shared’ care hospital.


Lion Ward has 14 beds, all of which are cubicles, and is on Level 6 of the Variety Club Building.

Lion Ward
Level 6, Variety Club Building
Great Ormond Street Hospital
Great Ormond Street



Lion Ward Nurses’ station telephone number: 020 7829 8810

Staff on the ward

Lion Ward is primarily run by our highly qualified nursing team, but also includes haematology consultants, oncology consultants, specialist nurses, physiotherapists, dieticians, social workers, healthcare assistants, play specialists and house-keeping staff.

GOSH is also a teaching facility so you will see student nurses and doctors completing their training, but they will be supervised at all times by a qualified member of staff.

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

  • Mary Foo-Cabellero, Lead Nurse
  • Eleanor Tyrell, Ward Sister

Conditions we treat

The special areas of expertise include:

  • Diagnosis and management of childhood leukaemia, lymphomas and solid tumours.
  • Histiocytic disorders and myelodysplasias.
  • Disorders of haemoglobin synthesis, red cell disorders and bone marrow failure with the provision of autologous stem transplants.


You can learn more about our clinical specialties by visiting:

Ward Information

Find out more about the ward by watching our short video.

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A video transcript is also available.

Visitors are welcome on Lion Ward. We would request though that you ask your visitors to leave by 9pm so that children and families on the ward can rest. If any allocated visitor has been in contact with coughs, colds, tummy bugs or infectious diseases such as chicken pox or measles, they will need to wait until they have fully recovered before visiting.

Lion Ward signage
For security reasons, the doors to Lion Ward are kept locked. Please ring the bell and a member of staff will unlock the door.
Meals are provided for patients only on Lion Ward. Lunch is between 12 midday and 12.30pm and dinner is between 5pm and 5.30pm.

Bed allocation

We do our utmost to protect the privacy and dignity of your child at all times during their stay at GOSH.

We work together with Elephant Ward and your child may be allocated a bed on Elephant Ward, even if they have previously been a patient on Lion Ward.

Regulations on the ward

The following are not allowed on Lion Ward:

  • Flowers – water in the vase can develop a bacterium that can cause infection in children.
  • Latex Balloons – due to potential allergic reactions.
  • Raw meats and fish – due to potential food poisoning. Please do not bring rice onto the ward for re-heating.

If any allocated visitor has been in contact with coughs, colds, tummy bugs, or infectious diseases like chicken pox or measles, they will need to wait until they are fully better before visiting.

No child will be allowed in to the ward if they have chicken pox.


For parents

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

Each cubicle on Lion Ward has facilities for one parent to stay overnight with their child, and each also has an en-suite bathroom which you and your child will be able to use. All cubicles are equipped with TVs and DVD players.

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

If you would like to bring in food from home or local shops, you are welcome to use the parent’s kitchen. There is also a fridge for you to store a small amount of foot and a microwave that you can use to heat up snacks.

The ward also has a parents’ sitting room which you are welcome to use at any time to rest and relax.

Mobile phones can only be used in the parents’ room or the stairwell outside the ward. Using them elsewhere can be disruptive to other families.

There are also individual telephones beside each bed in the ward‘s cubicles. Visitors are welcome to call you directly on your dedicated phone line. To make outgoing calls, you can buy telephone cards in the hospital shop.

For children and young people

Lion Ward has a well equipped playroom and a play specialist during the week who organises activities. The play specialist can provide age appropriate play opportunities and can help to prepare your child for the procedures that he or she will undergo in hospital.

Children can also use the Centre on the ground floor of the Southwood Building which has an outdoor area and a dedicated room for teenagers.

The hospital school is located on the ground floor of the Southwood Building too, next door to the Centre. Teachers also visit patients on the ward.