Refer a patient to the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery department

The Plastic Surgery department at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) offers general plastic and reconstructive surgery to complex paediatric patients. This page includes information on how to refer a patient to the Plastic Surgery department at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).Please see our admission criteria for information about the diagnoses treated by the Plastic Surgery department at GOSH.

How to refer a patient

For an outpatient appointment

As a tertiary care hospital, all children who attend GOSH must be referred via local hospital consultants, community paediatricians or in certain circumstances via a GP.

To make a referral to the Plastic Surgery Department, please write to:

Department of Plastic Surgery
Level 7, Paul O’Gorman Building
Great Ormond Street Hospital
Great Ormond Street

Alternatively please email

How to get advice

For patients known to GOSH

Please call:

  • Gaynor Osman, Clinical Nurse Specialist, 02074059200 Extension 5057 / direct line 02077626945

For patients not known to GOSH

Please contact the GOSH switchboard on 020 7405 9200 and ask for the on-call plastic surgery registrar.

Guidelines for making a referral

To process a referral to the Plastic Surgery department at GOSH, we require the following minimum information:

Patient details

  • Name and details of patient including NHS number (if applicable), current GP and lead consultant.

  • 18-week pathway information including date referral decision made.

  • Whether an interpreter for the child / or family is required.

  • Please include, if relevant, details about social services involvement and parental responsibility.

Clinical questions

  • Reason for referral such as diagnostic, prognostic, second opinion or other.

  • Details of previous orthopaedic opinions.

  • Referral letter with current information and referral question.

  • details of relevant X-rays or scans.

Key staff members


Nursing staff

Services and facilities available

As a specialist children’s hospital, we tend to see children who have already been seen by their local hospital consultant or community paediatrician.

Some of the conditions we treat are listed below.

Congenital hand anomalies

  • syndactyly

  • simple finger polydactyly

  • complex finger polydactyly

  • thumb polydactyly

  • absent or underdeveloped fingers

Ear surgery

  • microtia

  • ear reconstruction

  • prominent ears

Chest wall reconstruction

  • vascular anomalies and birthmarks

  • congenital melanocytic naevi (CMNs)

  • skin lesions

Our surgeons also work closely with other GOSH departments to treat children with other conditions.

The plastic surgeons run clinics on most days of the week. Children who have had plastic and reconstructive surgery are nursed on various wards at GOSH.

Feedback and suggestions

All general feedback and suggestions can be directed to:

Senior Admin Manager for Surgery
Level 6 Paul O’Gorman Building
Great Ormond Street Hospital
Great Ormond Street

Telephone number: 020 7405 9200 Ext 8477