About the NIHR GOSH Clinical Research Facility

The National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Facility (CRF) at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) is a dedicated children’s facility.

You can find us at Level eight of the Southwood building at (GOSH).

It provides a welcoming, safe and appropriate environment for children, young people and their families taking part in research studies/clinical trials. 

The Clinical Research Facility (CRF) operates between the hours of 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday. However, there is some flexibility regarding hours of operation. Overnight stays are accommodated within the CRF where needed.

Our CRF provides a comprehensive, accessible and efficient service, supporting researchers in all aspects of study conduct including:

  • Recruitment  
  • Help with obtaining informed consent  
  • Co-ordination of appointments  
  • Randomisation  
  • Data collection and entry  
  • Appropriate handling of research samples  
  • Recording and reporting of adverse events  
  • Dealing with data queries

The facility has been built to a high specification and includes:

  • Inside play area: A wide range of age-appropriate toys, games and education materials are provided by our resident Play Specialist. Seating for up to 15 children/young people/families.
  • Parent/care lounge with seating for six people. Tea and coffee making facilities, fridge, toaster and microwave.
  • Meeting room: Seats 15 to 20 people. High specification room fully equipped with computer and data projection and teleconference facilities.
  • Clinical rooms: We have a total of 10 clinical rooms, 5 flexible use individual clinical rooms in our Star Wing, and another 5 in our Planet Wing. All rooms are equipped to a high dependency standard. Electronic chair/recliner or bed/cot, available depending on age/visit type. Networked computer terminals are available in all clinical rooms. All rooms have en-suite toilets, showers and washbasin. All rooms have built-in entertainment facilities (flat-screen TVs) for the children.
  • Baby changing and shower facilities Disabled shower and baby change facilities and two individual toilets.
  • Specimen preparation laboratory: Centrifuge, sample preparation and refrigeration facilities. –20°C and –80°C freezer storage. Analysis of samples and more complex tests are conducted in the main GOSH laboratories. Specialist investigations, for example MRI/ECG, are accommodated within existing Trust resources.