Nursing in our International and Private Patients Division

The Harris International Patient Centre at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) is a state-of-the-art unit where we care for children who require specialist treatments that are unavailable in their own countries. The majority of our patients are funded by their own governments/embassies while others are funded through insurance companies, charities or are self-paying.

The financial cost of highly specialist NHS treatment and care at GOSH is enabled by the financial contribution from private work undertaken at the International and Private Patient (IPP) Division. It is a vital service needed to allow the NHS side to continue treating complex cases with specialist treatment.

In IPP the case mix is varied, offering a breadth of specialisms all under one roof. 

In 2014-2015 we treated 1,217 IPP inpatients and 4,746 outpatients from 84 different countries.

Read our new mixed specialty nursing brochure here.

Bumblebee Ward

Bumblebee Ward is located on level 5 of the Octav Botnar Wing in Great Ormond Street Hospital. The ward has 18 single patient and parent rooms and a three bedded short stay area. Bumblebee Ward cares for children and young people up the age of 16 and is a mixed speciality ward with specialities including neuroscience, gastroenterology, orthopaedics, plastics and craniofacial.  

Butterfly Ward

Butterfly Ward is located on level 4 of the Octav Botnar Wing. It is a 22 bedded ward including 4 BMT isolation cubicles and 4 day case beds. The ward is currently having a number of rooms converted into BMT isolation cubicles to expand our BMT capacity. While historically this ward has had mostly haematology/oncology and BMT patients, patients from all specialties can be treated here.

Caterpillar Outpatients

Caterpillar Outpatients is located on level 2 of the Octav Botnar Wing. Caterpillar is an outpatient department treating children with a wide range of conditions. The department has 6 consulting rooms, plus one isolation room for infectious patients. It also offers a range of specialty clinics. The department contains a treatment room for nursing procedures, a height and weight room and a dedicated cardiac clinic room.

Regular clinics are led by consultants from a wide range of different clincial specialities including: haematology and oncology, gastroenterology, endocrinology, respiratory, neurology, specialist neonatal and paediatric surgery, physiotherapy and dermatology.

Contact us

If you are interested in applying for a position in IPP please look at our current nursing jobs link in the sidebar.

If you would like to arrange an informal visit or have any further questions please contact email: or have a look around the IPP website.