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Bringing together the UK rare disease community

Diagnosis with a rare disease - one that affects less than 1 in 2,000 people - can leave a family feeling isolated and alone. But we can support those families and make real progress by bringing the rare disease community together. In December 2019, the NIHR Great Ormond Street Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) invited researchers, patients, families and charities from around the UK to discuss issues facing the paediatric rare disease community today. 

Cochlear implants

This page explains cochlear implants and what to expect when your child comes to GOSH to be assessed to see whether one is suitable. It also explains the operation to fit a cochlear implant and what happens afterwards. The Cochlear Implant Programme at GOSH is one of around 20 in the UK and to date has carried out over 1100 cochlear implants. The implant team is multidisciplinary, involving people from many different specialist areas. These people include the Consultant Audiovestibular Physician, Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgeons, Audiologists, Speech and Language Therapists, Teachers of the Deaf and Clinical Psychologists.

Functional symptoms

Functional symptoms are physical symptoms without an obvious physical cause. They can also be called Medically Unexplained Symptoms or Somatic Symptom Disorder. This page from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains about functional symptoms in children and young people and how they can be managed.

Adjusting to life as lockdown eases: information for families

This year, 2020, will certainly be remembered as one of the strangest years any of us will experience in our lifetimes. Dealing with worry about coronavirus (COVID-19), concerns for family and friends, issues with money and work, as well as the practicalities of several months staying at home, has been hard for lots of us.

However, when lockdown is easing and we can start to leave our homes again, go back to school and work, start meeting family and friends albeit at a distance, our worries can change and we may feel just as nervous as before.  It can be difficult to cope with the ‘outside world’ and various rules about what we can do and where, as well as not knowing when rules might change again. This can be particularly hard for children and young people so the Patient Experience team has compiled this information to help everyone adjust to the ‘new normal’.

ICH researchers develop a technique to 'print' healthy new tissue

A pioneering international study led by the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (ICH) has seen researchers develop a photosensitive bio-gel that uses light treatment to ‘print’ healthy new tissue directly into specific tissues and organs, and sustain blood supply that would allow it to thrive, according to results published in the Nature Biomedical Engineering journal today (22nd June).

Admission to GOSH during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

We understand that you might be worried about coronavirus – also known as COVID-19. This information sheet from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains what to expect when your child is admitted to GOSH for a procedure, test or operation. Please read this alongside our general FAQs for families at You can also find the latest news, information and resources in our COVID-19 information hub at