Nurse reunion tours

Each year Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) welcomes back many nurses who previously trained here, and who wish to see how the hospital has changed and developed since their time at GOSH.

We are always delighted to host these tours, however with up to 4 sets of nurses trained a year at GOSH we do need to be mindful of the impact on the current hospital staff and those currently in training. 

We ask that anyone wishing to organise a tour contacts Melanie White in the first instance:

Melanie White
Executive Offices
Level 3, Paul O’Gorman Building
Great Ormond Street Hospital
London
WC1N 3JH

Email: melanie.white@gosh.nhs.uk

Organising a date and time

Due to the staff required to assist with the tours, our preference is to host the tour during the working week. Afternoons are generally a more convenient time for the wards, and often a member of staff will be able to talk the visitors through their work and the facilities on the ward. 

Please do discuss dates with us as soon as possible to ensure that it is a suitable day for a tour.

How the tours work

The sets are split into groups of 4 or 5 and are taken on a guided tour by a member of staff or volunteer. Where possible, we aim to take the nurses to areas of specific interest to them. Our standard tour is as follows:

  • Introductory talk from a member of GOSH staff

  • Visit to a ward in the Southwood Building

  • Visit to a new ward in the Morgan Stanley Clinical Building (MSCB) or the Octav Botnar Wing (OBW)

  • Visit to the Roof Garden

  • Visit to the Chapel

A special anniversary

For sets that are celebrating an important anniversary, we would be very happy to organise a special event. In some instances, we can arrange for a talk from:

  • The hospital laboratory 

  • A senior member of the nursing team

  • The hospital archives

  • The chaplaincy

  • A parent or patient

Lunch

We know that many sets will be keen to meet for lunch. There are a number of restaurants in the vicinity of the hospital and we have our own on site canteen, The Lagoon. We are happy to help with recommendations, contacts, and booking a space within The Lagoon.

Keeping updated with the work of the hospital

We encourage former members of staff to become a Foundation Trust member. Membership is free and, as a member, we will keep you updated with the work of the hospital through the newsletter 'Member Matters'.

Alternatively, supporters of the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity will receive the supporter magazine, Lifeline, twice a year.