On Tuesday 14 July 2015, the BBC returns to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) for a third documentary series. Follow our young patients and their specialists as they undergo treatment for their rare diseases, respiratory disorders and neurological conditions.
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.
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.
Meet Michael Stylianou, Senior Operating Department Practitioner (SODP). By helping manage and understand their procedural anxiety, Michael supports children and families at GOSH in recognising, recording and responding to procedural anxiety.
“I didn’t know there was a service where Noah could get support to manage his anxiety before surgery. Noah wanted to know everything that was going to happen and he was able to ask all of the questions he had. Afterwards, he felt much more in control. He really needed that.”
Rue, 17, has Neuromyelitis Optica, a rare autoimmune condition affecting 1 in 5 million people. It can be characterised by relapses (attacks) of the optic nerve and spinal cord, which can cause vision problems and sight loss. Rue is taking part in a clinical trial to see whether a new drug can help reduce relapses that occur in her vision. Here she shares her story:
Romeo became a patient at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) when he was just two hours old, after being born with a very rare and complex heart condition. With difficult decisions ahead, Romeo's mum, Donna shares how the GOSH Palliative Care team have supported their family.
Seven-year-old Oliver woke up one morning last year with a swollen knee which gradually got worse. His mum Michelle, who herself has rheumatoid arthritis, recognised some of his symptoms but never imagined her son would be diagnosed with a rare form of juvenile arthritis.
Once a year, in every hospital in England, Patient Led Assessments of the Care Environment (PLACE) happen. You get to rate everything from how clean the floor is to how tasty the jelly is! We are looking for patients, ex-patients and parents to inspect us on 23 October 2019.
The bewitching hour of all hallows is fast approaching and following last year’s fiendishly successful Halloween decorating competion, staff and patients at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), have been invited to make their wards/offices/laboratories spooktacular!
Cora, aged six, received injections of botox as part of a research study at GOSH. Most people will have heard of botox (or botulinum toxin to give it its proper name) as a cosmetic procedure but did you know that it can also be used to reduce muscle stiffness for children with cerebral palsy? Cora’s mum Poonam explains more:
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.