Leopard Ward

Leopard Ward cares for children for children and young people with respiratory (breathing) problems.There are 14 beds on Leopard Ward – six of these are high dependency care beds arranged in one bay of four beds and two single cubicles. These beds are for children and young people needing close monitoring and nursing care, perhaps due to their condition or following an operation.

The other eight beds are in single cubicles with en-suite bathrooms and space for one parent to stay.


Leopard Ward is on Level 2 of the new Premier Inn Clinical Building (PICB), part of the Mittal Children’s Medical Centre at Great Ormond Street Hospital.


Ward reception – 020 7829 7853

For urgent admissions outside of office hours, please call the switchboard on 020 7405 9200 and ask for the doctor on call for Leopard Ward. 

If your child has any additional needs, please call in advance to let us know. 

Who you will meet

Leopard Ward is mainly run by our team of nurses, who work closely with the doctors to care for your child. Other staff who work on the ward include discharge coordinator, physiotherapists, social workers, occupational therapists, healthcare assistants, a play specialist, dietitians and housekeepers, domestic staff. 

The following members of staff will be available to help you during your stay on the ward:

  • Matron: Anne MacNiven
  • Ward Sister: Lisa White
  • Play Specialist: Lizzie Penn
  • Play Worker: Ellisa Butcher

Conditions we treat

Children and young people staying on Leopard Ward have various conditions including:

• Long term invasive ventilation via a tracheostomy
• Non-invasive ventilation
Chest drain management for empyema and pneumonia
• Chronic asthma
• Airway anomalies such as Pierre Robin sequence
• Management of nasopharyngeal airways
Cystic fibrosis
• Lung abnormalities such as chronic lung disease, interstitial lung disease
Tracheal stenosis
• Bronchiolitis


You are a valued member of your child‘s healthcare team and we encourage you to take part in his or her 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.

Leopard Ward has a play room for toys, games and crafts. The play room will continue to be supervised by our play specialist during office hours but you will be responsible for your child and their brothers and sisters at other times.

For mothers who wish to breastfeed, we provide a dedicated room. We also provide the equipment to ‘express’ breast milk so your child can be fed through a nasogastric tube, if necessary.