At Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), there will be a folder by your
bed that contains a menu so you can choose what you want to eat for
lunch and supper.
Our kitchen provides freshly made healthy meals,
lighter snack-type meals, salads and sandwiches. We also provide halal
and kosher food – just let us know when you order. For dessert, we have
freshly made puddings, as well as yoghurts, ice cream and fruit.
Breakfast usually comes at around 8am, and is
usually cereals and toast. Lunch is delivered to the ward between
11.45am and 12.15pm and supper from 4.45pm and 5.15pm. If you want a
meal outside of the regular serving hours, you can choose something from
the Croc Menu, which includes hot and cold meals.
You might be able to get your parents to bring in
your favourite snack as a treat once in a while. But check with the
medical staff to make sure it's OK and isn't going to interfere with
If you're due to stay in hospital for more than a few days, it is worth taking some games, DVDs and books with you.
You could also take a notebook to write a diary,
stories or poems in. And you’ll be able to buy magazines and newspapers
in the hospital shop.
At GOSH, each ward
has a play specialist who organises activities for young people of
different ages, and you'll also be able to use the activity centre, on
the ground floor of the Southwood building. Teenagers have their own
activities such as a club evening held in the Den.
There's even a hospital school
to ensure you don’t fall behind on your schoolwork. Some patients even
prefer the hospital school to their usual classes! If you're not well
enough to go to school, we will try to arrange for the teacher to visit
you on the ward.