Butterfly Ward is on Level 4 of the Octav Botnar Wing. It is part of the Harris International Patient Centre.
It has 14 single patient rooms with four BMT (bone marrow transplant) isolation rooms.
This ward is mainly for treating haematology/oncology and BMT patients, although patients from all specialties are also treated here.
Level 4, Octav Botnar Wing
Harris International Patient Centre
Great Ormond Street Hospital
Great Ormond Street
Butterfly Ward telephone number: +44 (0)20 7829 8645
Inpatients administration: +44 (0)20 7829 8266
Case Manager: +44 (0)20 7813 8589 or bleep 0992 through switchboard on +44 (0)20 7405 9200
You can learn more about our clinical specialties by visiting:
Staff on the ward
Butterfly Ward is primarily run by our highly qualified nursing team, but also includes consultants, doctors, clinical nurse specialists, physiotherapists, healthcare assistants, play specialists, psychologists and house-keeping staff.
Your child’s consultant, supported by a team of specialist doctors, has overall responsibility for their treatment and care. They will review your child regularly and answer your questions.
The Harris International Patient Centre
also has its own consultant led, ward-based team of doctors who see patients every day.
They act as a link between the child’s consultant, nurses and you. They will also be able to answer many of your questions.
Other key members of staff on the ward include:
- Judith Armstrong, Head of Nursing
- Laura Graham, Ward Manager
- John Ogunyanwo, Ward Administrator
- Lucy Barnard, Case Manager
- Bridget Callaghan, Lead Consultant for International and Private Patients Service
- Lorraine Hackett, Haematology Clinical Nurse Specialist
- Emily Mellor, Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist
- Lindsey Young, BMT Clinical Nurse Specialist
Patient advocates are on hand to help all our parents and can be contacted by asking the nursing staff. They provide an invaluable link between families and our medical and nursing teams.
Greek and Arabic speaking advocates who understand medical terms can help with translation. They can also offer general help and support settling into life at the Harris International Patient Centre and London generally.
The Trust also uses Language Line for families needing an interpreter. It is available 24 hours a day.
If you need to use Language Line please ask one of the nursing team for the contact details when you arrive.
Conditions we treat
Butterfly Ward treats patients from all over the world with the most complicated, and often life threatening, medical conditions.
Our patients range in age from newborn to 16 years old, although most are under eight.
Butterfly is a multi-specialty ward but mainly treats haematology/oncology and bone marrow transplant patients.
For more detailed information on a specific area of expertise, please visit our clinical specialties section
If you would like to speak to someone about your child's admission please contact our Butterfly Ward case manager.
To access this service please call the main hospital switchboard on +44 (0)20 7405 9200 and ask the operator to bleep the number for you.
The ward is open 24 hours a day seven days a week and accepts emergency re-admissions of children under the haematology, oncology and bone marrow transplant teams any time of day.
We do our utmost to protect the privacy and dignity of your child at all times during their stay at GOSH.
Your child will be allocated a bed according to how their physical, psychological and social needs are best met, taking into consideration the needs of other children and young people on the ward at that time.
Please tell us if your child has a preference for being with other children of their own age and/or gender.
We will try to meet this request where possible. But please remember that sometimes requests cannot be met, for instance in high dependency or intensive care areas.
The majority of beds on Butterfly Ward are in single cubicles. But there may be rare occasions when your child may have to share a bed space.
Your child's safety will be our utmost priority at all times.
Facilities for parents
You are a valued member of your child’s health care team and we encourage you to take part in their care as much as possible while in hospital.
Only one parent is allowed to stay overnight at the bedside due to health and safety risks.
All rooms are en suite and have a parent’s bed close to the child’s bed to allow one parent to stay overnight. Linen is provided for both but we do ask parents to make their own beds.
If additional accommodation is required this can be arranged through the patient advocates.
All inpatient rooms have en suite bathrooms with a shower. There are also several larger bathrooms on the ward, at least one of which has disabled access and hoists.
We can provide towels and there is a hairdryer in each room. We ask you to provide toiletries for your child and yourself.
There is plenty of storage space and a coded safe for storing your valuables in all rooms.
Parents lounge and laundry
There is a special lounge for parents opposite the playroom on the ward. This sitting area has a television with channels in different languages and reading material including daily English and Arabic newspapers.
There are free laundry facilities including a washing machine and tumble dryer on the ward. We ask you not to wash or dry clothes in your child’s room.
Food for parents
Each ward has a parents’ kitchen where food can be reheated only, not cooked from fresh.
Food in the refrigerator must be dated and labelled with the stickers provided. This helps us keep track of out of date items and make sure they are thrown away.
There are shops and cafes in the hospital for parents, children and visitors to buy refreshments, including snacks and hot meals. Raw food must not be cooked in the kitchen.
Free tea and coffee, biscuits, bread and cereal are all available. There is a vending machine near the ward where you can buy bottled cold drinks.
Each room has its own television with remote control. We can receive various English language channels plus Arabic and Greek.
Play and school
Butterfly Ward has a play specialist who organises activities in the playroom and at the bedside.
The play specialist offers age-appropriate play that can help to prepare your child for the procedures they have in hospital.
Schoolteachers work with children at the discretion of nursing and medical staff.
Teaching is done on an individual basis, usually by the bedside, although there is a school in the hospital for children who are mobile and able to join a small group.
Regulations on the ward
The following are not allowed on Butterfly Ward:
- Flowers – water in the vase can develop a bacterium that can cause infection in children.
- Latex balloons – due to potential allergic reactions.
If your child has either had a 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.
Brothers and sisters and young family members are welcome on the ward. They must be supervised at all times by an adult, particularly when in the playroom.
Last reviewed by Great Ormond Street Hospital: 8 November 2010