What's on for teenagers

Patient smiling with play specialist doing while arts and crafts

If you're due to stay in Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) for more than a few days, you might be wondering what activities there are for teenagers to do here.

Take a look at our quick guides to what's on for young people at GOSH:

Activity Centre

Activities, games, computer equipment, Wii consoles, books, DVDs and more for inpatients, outpatients and siblings.  

  • When: Monday to Friday, 10am-4.30pm (3.30pm on Wednesdays). Closed lunchtimes (12.30pm-1.30pm).
  • Where: Level 2 Southwood Building.

Special school holiday workshops for young people are also held at the centre, run by experts in their fields. Graffiti art, stop frame animation workshops, song writing and hip hop have all been on the agenda in the past!

More about the Activity Centre.

The Den

Bring a friend or relax with other young people in our space for over 10s. Wii and X-box consoles, arcade-style dance games, pool, snooker, books and board games all available.

  • When: Drop in anytime weekdays from 10am-4.30pm.
  • Where: Activity Centre, Level 2 Southwood Building.  

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Bedside entertainment

An interactive touchscreen entertainment system is provided at most inpatient beds at GOSH, giving you access to hospital information, TV, radio, audio books, games and the internet.

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Film shows

Watch the latest films with other young people at GOSH. 

  • When: First Monday of the month (later screening is for young people and adults).
  • Where: Weston House (opposite GOSH main entrance). 

Details of what’s showing each month are on display around the hospital.

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Go Create!

Activities from the Go Create! team range from visual arts to music and dance. 

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Hospital School

If you’re an inpatient at GOSH, you can go to classes at the Hospital School so you don’t fall behind on your schoolwork.  

  • When: During term time.
  • Where: Level 2 Southwood Building.

If you’re not well enough to go to school, and you’re a long-term or recurring patient, we try to arrange for a teacher to visit you on your ward. 

More about the Hospital School.

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Internet access

GOSH has Wi-Fi you can connect to so you can still go online. The network has three levels of access:

  • Go-kids - for children under 11 
  • Go-teens - for 12-16 year olds 
  • Go-wifi - for over 16s 

Ask the staff on your ward or at reception for more information.

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Play specialists

Each ward has a play specialist who organises activities for young people of different ages at GOSH. 

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Radio Lollipop

Interactive radio service run by volunteers. Take part in creative activities with them on the wards during broadcasts.

  • When: Monday and Wednesday evenings, 6.15pm-8.15pm.
  • Where: Channel 9 on ward televisions.

Call the studio on extension 6784 to make music requests and take part in competitions.

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Saturday Club

Play, arts and crafts, games and activity club for patients and siblings. 

  • When: Every Saturday, including Bank Holiday weekends, 1pm-5pm. 
  • Where: Activity Centre, Level 2 Southwood Building.

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Scouts and Guides

Make friends with other young people and enjoy activities away from the ward in our Scouts and Guides groups.

  • When: Tuesdays 6.30pm-8pm. 
  • Where: Activity Centre, Level 2 Southwood Building. 

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Special events 

Sometimes our volunteers arrange parties and events for patients and families in the Lagoon restaurant. Dates will be advertised on wards and in central locations before each event.

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