Coming to the MCU

You may feel emotional or scared about coming to the Mildred Creak Unit (MCU) at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). 

But there are things we can do to help you get to know everyone, and things you can do if you think you’ll miss home.

Before you arrive

Staff from the MCU will usually visit you at home first. They’ll get to know you and your likes and dislikes, and you can ask questions or tell them if you’re worried.

We’ll also discuss things like whether you’ll be have your own room on the MCU or share a room with someone else and how we arrange this.

On the day

When you arrive, you’ll meet one of the nursing staff. Your doctor will go through your admission paperwork with you and answer any questions.

You’ll get to know the team members when they introduce themselves. Or, you can look up their name and photo on our noticeboard. Just ask if you don’t know someone.

Find out who you'll meet on the MCU.

You’ll also have a ‘buddy’– one of the other young people on the Unit. They’ll help you get to know other people and settle in.

What to bring

If you think you’ll miss home, why not bring some things with you?

Here are some suggestions:

  • photos or posters 
  • your favourite bed linen and duvet
  • your own towel and toiletries
  • clothes, including – 
    • trainers for the park
    • swimwear (for swimming!)
    • loose clothes for dance/movement group
    • pyjamas and dressing gown
  • a personal stereo or radio (with batteries if needed)
  • iPod or games console (without internet access)
  • snacks (for your own box in the Unit’s kitchen)

There are lockers for your valuables and the Unit has a TV, DVD, Wii, CD player and laptops you can use.

Don’t forget to bring any medications you’re taking too. The nursing team will look after these for you.

Keeping in touch

There are lots of ways you can keep in contact with friends and family while you’re staying on the Unit:

  • Visitors can come to the MCU on Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 5pm and 8pm.
  • You can use a phone on the Unit to stay in touch with your parents after 7pm each night.
  • If you can, bring a cheap, basic mobile phone for texting and calling as you can’t bring phones or devices with internet access or cameras onto the MCU.
  • Don’t forget to bring postal and email addresses with you so you can write to your family and friends.