Patients, families and staff mark International Childhood Cancer Day

15 Feb 2024, noon

A young boy cycles enthusiastically on a smoothie bike in the Lagoon, supported by a GOSH member of staff.

With five children in the UK diagnosed with cancer each day and 1400 children treated at GOSH each year (2021/22), our nursing, physiotherapy and dietetics team have come together with GOSH Charity to mark this important day with patients and families.

Taking over our Lagoon restaurant, children and families became smoothie superheroes, pedalling away to create amazing juice drinks and were able to virtually tour our new Children’s Cancer Centre.

More about our new Children’s Cancer Centre

The Children’s Cancer Centre will be a step change for our cancer services. Currently, the cancer wards and day care services are spread across different buildings in the older parts of the GOSH estate, meaning it can take up to 20 minutes to get between them. Some of the buildings are over 30 years old, with some of the hospital’s most seriously ill patients undergoing chemotherapy being treated in Safari Ward in the 1930’s Southwood Building.

The new Children’s Cancer Centre will bring together the different services needed for specialist cancer care, allowing teams to work more closely together. This will improve the quality of our care, reduce risk and allow rapid access in emergencies. These services will also support other specialities from across GOSH, meaning everyone will benefit.

Help build the Children’s Cancer Centre

Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSH Charity) has launched its Build it. Beat it. appeal to raise money to help build the Children’s Cancer Centre at GOSH, to help drive transformation in children’s cancer care and save more lives.

Find out more about the Build it. Beat it. GOSH charity appeal.

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