Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

PICU Ward staff

The Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is also known as Seahorse Ward, has 17 beds and is for children and young people who need special care for serious medical or surgical conditions.

We have a small number of cubicles, but most beds are on in the open ward.

Around 900 children a year are treated on PICU.


Paediatric Intensive Care Unit

Level 4, Variety Club Building

Great Ormond Street hospital, Great Ormond Street



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


PICU Ward telephone number: 020 7829 8808

Who you will meet

PICU is led by a team of consultants (doctors), who specialise in intensive care of children.

Key staff

  • Speciality Lead: Sophie Skellet
  • Matron: Deborah Lees
  • Family Liaison Sisters: Esther Rose, Emily Cantrell and Katie Dettmer
  • Play Specialist: Lizzie Penn

Other staff who work on the ward include doctors, nurse practitioners, ward sisters, nurses, students, health care assistants, ventilator technicians, physiotherapists, dieticians, pharmacists, housekeepers, family liaison nurses, play specialists, psychologists, social workers, chaplains, interpreters and volunteers.

Conditions we treat

PICU treats patients with a variety of different serious medical and surgical conditions that require intensive care support.


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Important information

GOSH is a smoke-free zone, which means that you cannot smoke anywhere inside hospital property and adjacent areas, such as entrances to hospital buildings.

We will not tolerate any kind of inappropriate or threatening behaviour – verbal, physical or psychological – and we have a policy to ensure that this is dealt with appropriately. We can and will remove people from GOSH in these circumstances.