Caterpillar Outpatients

Caterpillar ward

Caterpillar is the outpatient department of the International and Private Patient Service at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).

Caterpillar treats children with a wide range of conditions. Children come from all over the world for the expert medical treatment and care available here. Regular clinics are led by specialist consultants and nurses from a wide range of clinical specialties.

The department has 10 consulting rooms which includes one isolation room for infectious patients, a treatment room, a height and weight room as well as a specialist cardiac outpatient room. The department also contains a large waiting area with extensive play facilities.


The department is on Level 2 of the Octav Botnar Wing. The entrance to Caterpillar Outpatients can accessed around the corner from the main hospital entrance on Lamb's Conduit Street.


Caterpillar Outpatients
International Division
Level 2, Octav Botnar Wing
Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust
Great Ormond Street

International and Private Patients Reception telephone number: +44 (0)20 7405 9200 extension 8517/0307

Ward managers' office telephone number: +44 (0)20 7813 8405

Caterpillar nurses' station telephone number: +44 (0)20 7405 9200 extension 0681

Email enquiries to:

We offer an Arabic interpreting service between the hours of 9am and 7pm. If you require interpreting assistance for any other languages, please request help in advance of the appointment by calling 020 7813 8505. 

Who you will meet

Caterpillar Outpatients is primarily run by our highly qualified nursing team, including clinical nurse specialists, healthcare assistants, play specialists, housekeeping staff and administration support. 

Head of Nursing - Kate Rivett

Matron - Claudia Tomlin

Outpatient Manager - Lisa Lavia


For parents:

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.

There is a comfortable waiting area for parents that you are welcome to use while you are waiting for your clinic appointment. We ask that you do not bring hot drinks into the department but there is water provided.

Meals are not provided for parents or children, but food and drink can be bought from various places within the hospital and local area.

For children:

There is a dedicated play area for children that we hope your child will enjoy while visiting Caterpillar.

A play specialist will be available to provide appropriate support for your child.
If your child needs a blood test or any other investigation, a play specialist can help with preparation and distraction.