Hospital people

Supporting families beyond medical diagnosis

Meet Paula Thomas, Eye clinic liaison officer (ECLO) at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). Paula explains her role in providing non-medical advice to help families to learn and support their children with their visual impairment. Paula supports patient Rue, featuring in episode five of Paul O’Grady’s Little Heroes, series 2. 

Understanding Palliative Care with Finella Craig

Dr Finella Craig, Paediatric Palliative Care Consultant at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) provides care for patient Romeo, who has a congenital heart defect. Dr Craig explains why she finds Romeo so endearing, why the unique role her and her team perform is so rewarding and why the choices her team provides are so important to the patient and family. 

Treating George’s Capillary Vascular Malformation

During Paul O’Grady’s Little Heroes, we’re shining a spotlight on the inspiring staff across the hospital who help children get better and fulfil their potential. Samira Syed is a senior Associate Specialist in paediatrics dermatology and has been at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) for a grand twenty-five years! She features in episode 4, treating patient George. 

Chien Wong: Taking a closer look at surgical retinal disease

Meet Chien Wong, Consultant Ophthalmologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Chien is a consultant eye surgeon at GOSH, with a special interest in surgical retinal diseases in children. He leads the de facto UK national centre for retinal detachment in premature babies at GOSH. Here he explains his role in paediatric ophthalmology and his treatment for patient Lucas, who features on Paul O’Grady’s Little Heroes. 

Understanding Noah’s nephrectomy

Jelena Stojanovic is a Consultant Paediatric Nephrologist, meaning that she is dedicated to improving the care of children with renal disease and related conditions. Her specialisms include transplantation, liver and kidney conditions and renovascular hypertension. Here she shares how she planned treatment for Noah's Alagille syndrome, who appears on Paul O'Grady's Little Heroes. 

Helping young people to face their fears

Meet Dr Maria Hadji-Michael (left), Clinical Psychologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital, who supports Oscar in the second series of Paul O’Grady’s Little Heroes.

Maria explains that although Oscar has Tourette syndrome his biggest difficulty when he came to see her was anxiety. She shares how the use of exposure tasks (‘facing fear’) can help reduce anxiety in young patients like Oscar and why we need to dispel common misconceptions around Tourette’s syndrome.