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Coronavirus (COVID-19): information on shielding for children, young people and families

As we learn more about coronavirus, guidance about who should take extra steps to protect themselves will change. You might receive a text or letter from the Government to let you know that your child needs to start or stop ‘shielding’. We know that this can cause a great deal of anxiety, so we’ve put together some advice from GOSH to clarify what this means for your child and your family. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – information for children, young people and families

We understand that you might be worried about coronavirus – also known as COVID-19 – particularly if your child has a long-term health condition.

This information from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) sets out our advice and the action we are taking to respond to the coronavirus outbreak. You can find guidance for specific patient groups here. Visit gosh.nhs.uk/staysafe to meet Otto the Octopus and find out how you can help reduce the spread of infection, whether you’re out and about or visiting GOSH.

Separating conjoined twins Yiḡit and Derman

Brothers Yiḡit and Derman were just 17 months old when they were brought to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). Born craniopagus, meaning conjoined at the head, their incredibly rare condition required the unique facilities and expertise of GOSH - one of the only sites in the world able to separate and care for craniopagus twins. Hear from just some of the multi-disciplinary team who were involved in their care:

Staying safe at GOSH and outside the hospital

As we start to reopen some of our clinical services, we’re looking forward to welcoming you back into the hospital. When you arrive, you may notice that things look or run differently than previously. These extra safety measures – from social distancing starfish to the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) – have been put in place to protect everyone at GOSH. (For all our patient and family information on the pandemic access our Coronavirus (COVID-19) information hub.)

GOSH Choir goes virtual

Thanks to a new virtual practice, the GOSH Choir is enabling staff and families to come together and share their love of music during COVID-19. Find out more about how the choir is bringing joy during this time and listen to their beautiful performance of the track ‘Better Days’.

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