Support for our Children’s Cancer Centre

29 Mar 2023, 10 a.m.

We're planning a fantastic new facility on Great Ormond Street dedicated to the treatment of children with cancer.

GOSH Charity launches their biggest ever appeal

With conditional planning permission granted in February this year, we are delighted that our funding partner, GOSH Children’s Charity has launched their Build It. Beat It. campaign today. The biggest fundraising appeal in GOSH Charity’s history, the campaign will support transformation in children’s cancer care.

About the Children's Cancer Centre

The new centre is designed with the needs of children at its heart. There will be outdoor areas and spaces to play, so children can be active and do normal childhood activities. With cancer wards, cancer day care, new theatres and intensive care units co-located specialist teams will be able to work more closely together and it will be quick and easy for children to access the services they need.

The building will also house new imaging equipment and a specialised chemotherapy pharmacy ensuring we keep pace with world leading cancer care practice. Alongside the clinical services, the new building gives us the opportunity to create a new entrance for the hospital and to create a new school for the children who come to GOSH.

GOSH Charity and all its supporters will help us raise the funds we need to support our plans for a new Children’s Cancer Centre. It will put us in a strong position to build on the decades of work undertaken by our clinicians and the researchers from our academic partner ICH to deliver the very best, kindest and effective treatments for cancer.

We are all so grateful to everyone who is running the TCS London Marathon as part of Team GOSH, and all those who will get involved – whether they bake it, play it, or run it – to help raise money to support our plans for this amazing new facility at GOSH.

Mat Shaw, CEO

Why we need a new centre

The need for the new centre is pressing: last year 1,200 children visited GOSH to have specialist treatment for cancer (bone marrow transplant, oncology and haematology), instances of cancer continue to increase, and childhood cancer remains the leading cause of death in children aged 1-14 years old.  The existing cancer facilities were built many years ago and do not reflect modern healthcare. At times this is challenging with some cancer clinics in buildings from the 1930s and services are scattered across the hospital campus.

The new Children’s Cancer Centre will mean children are treated together, in a bespoke environment, designed to meet their needs, with a focus on play and physical and educational activities alongside medical treatment.

Find out more about the Children's Cancer Centre.

Former GOSH patient in exhibition celebrating 75 years of the NHS

Paul had lifesaving heart surgery at GOSH when he was eight-years-old. Today, Paul's portrait, taken by photographer Rankin, features alongside those of NHS staff, patients and volunteers in an exhibition celebrating the 75th anniversary of the NHS.

Updates to our mask wearing policy at GOSH

From 23 May we will no longer require patients, families or staff to wear facemasks in the majority of areas within the hospital. This is in line with current national guidelines and is a similar approach taken at many other hospitals.