Bear Ward cares for children with cardiac (heart) conditions. Some children stay here after surgery and others come for assessment and non-surgical management.
There are 24 beds, including eight high dependency beds for children who need closer monitoring.
Bear Ward is on Level 6 of the new Morgan Stanley Clinical Building (MSCB), part of the Mittal Children’s Medical Centre at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).
Bear Ward nurses' station 020 7829 8829.
For urgent admissions outside of office hours, please call the switchboard on 020 7405 9200 and ask for the doctor on call for Bear Ward.
If your child has any additional needs, please call in advance to let us know.
Who you will meet
Bear Ward is primarily run by our highly qualified nursing team, but also includes consultants, clinical nurse specialists, physiotherapists, healthcare assistants, play specialists, psychologists, dieticians and housekeeping staff.
- Matron: Carolyn Akyil
- Ward Manager: Lucy Panesar
- Play Specialist: Janet Holmes
- Play Worker: Kimberley Bonner
Conditions we treat
The special areas of expertise include the diagnosis and treatment of, cardiovascular disease, tracheal disorders, cardiothoracic surgery, pulmonary hypertension and post heart/lung transplant. Read more about the conditions we treat:
Learn more about our clinical specialties.
Further information can be found:
You are a valued member of your child's healthcare team and we encourage you to take part in their care as much as possible while in hospital.
Meals are not provided for parents, but food and drink can be bought from various places within the hospital and local area. You may want to bring in your own snacks and drinks. Parents are welcome to use the ward kitchen outside of patient mealtimes to prepare these.
You can use your mobile phone inside the hospital but only in designated mobile-friendly zones. Using your mobile elsewhere could interfere with our medical equipment. There is free wifi available for patients and their resident parents. Please contact the ward clerk when you arrive on Bear ward.
Find out more about facilities available for parents, family members, visitors and patients in the hospital, including the Chapel and multi-faith room, hospital school, activity centre and information on where you can eat or find facilities such as launderettes.