Zog and the Flying Doctors

23 Dec 2020, 1 p.m.

For Christmas 2020, Scholastic has worked with staff at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) on the UK’s number one picture book pair Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler for a timely celebration of doctors, nurses, carers and hospital staff. Julia and Axel’s bestselling book Zog and the Flying Doctors will be the latest animated film from Magic Light Pictures that will premiere on BBC One on Christmas Day. Together with Axel Scheffler, Julia Donaldson and her husband Malcolm (a children’s doctor himself!) the staff at GOSH have created a unique reading of the story to celebrate all the people who play important roles in caring for patients.

GOSH Charity's ‘Home for Christmas’campaign highlights how staff at GOSH work round the clock to deliver lifesaving care to seriously ill children, so that they can get home to their families. For patients whose treatment has to continue over the festive season, staff make the hospital a home from home at Christmas. For patients and their families, sharing stories can be a powerful bridge between life at home and time spent in hospital. Stories can provide much-needed comfort and relief during challenging times and – importantly – can provide escapism into different worlds with wonderful characters. This Christmas, families can both share the story of Zog and the Flying Doctors on the page and on screen with the new animation starring Sir Lenny Henry, Rob Brydon, Patsy Ferran and Hugh Skinner.

Featuring Princess Pearl, Sir Gadabout and Zog the dragon, the modern classic story sees the flying doctors travel the land helping others including a mermaid, unicorn, lion and even the king. The reading by staff at GOSH will both share a special story and also shine a light on the number of people across the hospital who play vital roles in caring for children.

The Power of Play

Great Ormond Street Hospital’s expert Play team knows play can help children cope with whatever life throws at them. They've teamed up with GOSH Charity to share expert play tips and resources with parents across the UK.

Gene therapy offers hope to children with rare and fatal brain diseases

Scientists and doctors at UCL GOS ICH and GOSH have given hope of a gene therapy cure to children with a rare degenerative brain disorder called Dopamine Transporter Deficiency Syndrome (DTDS)

50th patient treated with thymus transplant at GOSH

The 50th patient was treated at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children last month with a pioneering treatment to transplant otherwise-discarded thymus tissue into very young children who lack a working thymus.

GOSH Charity Launches Families Appeal

Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSH Charity) has recently launched the Families Appeal - a new campaign to support children and families that come to GOSH every day.