2012 press release archive

2012 press releases from Great Ormond Street Hospital

Supporting you when your child is ill or has additional needs: how GOSH can help

We recognise that life can feel overwhelming when your child is unwell or has additional needs. You may put your own feelings aside to concentrate on looking after your child – this is normal. You may have to juggle lots of things – everyday life, work and family – with little time to look after your own health and wellbeing. There may be some small but significant things we can do together to support your wellbeing. We hope this information sheet from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) gives you a few ideas about some of the issues or situations you might be facing and suggestions for how you could deal with them. Remember, we want you to be as well and happy as you can be so you can work with us to help your child reach their full potential.

Scientists build whole functioning thymus from human cells

Researchers from two leading national organisations have rebuilt a human thymus using human stem cells and a bioengineered scaffold thanks to support from the NIHR GOSH Biomedical Research Centre (BRC). Their work, which has been published in Nature Communications, is an important step towards being able to build artificial thymi which could be used as transplants.

Working at GOSH with the nurse who cared for me

At four years old, GOSH nurse Clara was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML). She spent six months as an inpatient at the Royal London Hospital, where she was cared for by nurse Kate. Fast forward to 2020 and Clara has recently qualified as a nurse at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) where Kate also works as the Head of Blood, Cells and Cancer.

They share the remarkable story. 

Understanding how we test samples for infection in our laboratories

When someone has an infection, germs including bacteria, viruses or fungi invade the body, causing signs like fever and chills, aches and pains, and feeling generally unwell. Bacteria, viruses and fungi can show up in body fluids, such as blood, urine (wee), faeces (poo), sputum (spit), cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) bone marrow and skin cells. By taking a sample of these fluids, we can test them in our laboratory to find out the exact type but also see which medicines are most likely to work to destroy them. This page from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains how we test samples for infection in our laboratories.

Understanding your child's blood tests

Looking closely at a sample of blood in the laboratory can tell doctors a lot about our general health. Many visits to hospital involve taking blood samples – we have lots of staff who are trained and experienced in taking blood – as well as nurses and health care assistants, we also have a team of phlebotomists.  This page from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) describes the sort of things that blood tests can show and how they are checked in our laboratory.

Leukaemia trial shows promise and complexity of genome-edited cell therapies

A ‘one size fits all’ immune therapy developed at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (ICH) could help to clear cancerous cells in children and adults who have exhausted all other treatment options for B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (B-ALL), while side effects remain a continuing challenge, according to the results of an early-stage clinical trial.

GOSH researchers join experts in warning of the detrimental impact of a no deal Brexit on rare diseases

Experts have warned that a ‘no deal’ Brexit will result in the exclusion of the UK from the 24 European Reference Networks (ERNs) that were established to improve the care of patients bearing the lifelong burden of a rare disease, which require highly specialised diagnosis and treatment.

New research finds that adult men are significantly more likely to need intensive care treatment for COVID-19

Adult men have almost three times the odds of needing admission to intensive care and 40% higher odds of dying from COVID-19 than women, according to a new study led by researchers at UCL, Great Ormond Street Hospital and the University of Cape Town.