Filming and consent

This page concerns the consent needed to film, photograph or interview a child at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).The press office is responsible for ensuring that whenever children are photographed, filmed or interviewed at GOSH there is full written consent to do so from the parents or legal guardian, and where appropriate from the child themselves.

Parents and families

We frequently receive requests from media wanting to film or take photographs in the hospital. No children will be involved unless their parents or legal guardians agree. A member of the press office will explain exactly what the photographs, footage or interview will be used for. If you have any questions about any of this please contact us.

If we wish to re-use a photograph or film footage, we will ask your permission again. However, if the photos or footage are taken by an outside organisation we will not be able to control re-use. We can discuss with you whether this would be the case.


In order to film, photograph or interview a child at GOSH you must receive written consent from their parent or guardian, and if appropriate from the child themselves.

If you would like to use your own consent forms you must first discuss them with the press office so we can make sure they are suitable. If you would like to talk about any of these issues you can contact the press office.

Filming at GOSH

If you would like to film at GOSH as part of a documentary, programme or series, please contact the press office to discuss feasibility. A location fee may need to be agreed which would be paid to GOSH Children's Charity.

GOSH documentaries

We are happy to discuss proposals for documentaries at GOSH, however please note we receive many requests of this nature and may not be able to help you. We discuss proposals on the understanding that exclusive access to any part of the hospital is not granted until confirmation has been given by us in writing. We will not confirm involvement in any programme before firm commission.

Ongoing filming requires a contract to be signed between GOSH and the TV company, which will bind the production to our strict consent procedures. For more information please contact the press office.