Lion Ward

Lion Ward artwork

Lion Ward has 11 beds and is for children and young people with cancer and blood disorders.

You may have all your treatment at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), or your care might be shared between GOSH and a hospital near your home. This means you can stay at home rather than spend a long time in hospital.


Lion Ward Nurses’ station telephone number: 020 7829 8810

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

Who you will meet

Lion Ward is mainly run by our team of nurses, who work closely with the doctors to help you get better. 

Other staff who work on the ward include physiotherapists, healthcare assistants, play specialists, teachers, social workers and housekeeping staff.

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

  • Matron: Mary Foo-Caballero
  • Ward Manager: Sarah Dawes
  • Housekeeper: Saidu Yarjan

Conditions we treat

Some of the conditions and treatments on Lion Ward include diagnosis and management of childhood Leukaemia, Lymphomas and solid tumours, Histiocytic disorders and Myelodysplasias, disorders of haemoglobin synthesis, red cell disorders and bone marrow failure.

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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.

Mobile phones can be used in the cubicle, the parents’ room and the corridor outside the ward. Using them elsewhere can interfere with our medical equipment, and can also be disruptive to other families. You can use your mobile phone around the hospital but only in designated mobile-friendly zones.

There are also individual telephones beside each bed in the ward‘s cubicles. Visitors are welcome to call you directly on your dedicated phone line. To make outgoing calls, you can buy telephone cards in the hospital shop.

Lion Ward has a well-equipped playroom and a play specialist during the week, who organises activities. The play specialist can provide age appropriate play opportunities and can help to prepare your child for the procedures that he or she will undergo in hospital.

More information

For more information 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, please visit our Facilities A-Z page.