Coming to GOSH for a day or inpatient admission

Sometimes, children and young people need to come to GOSH for the day or longer, for monitoring, tests or a procedure, such as an operation. Here’s lots of information to help you get ready.

Things you need to do

Read our guidance on how to prepare before you come to GOSH

What to bring

See our list of essential things to bring ahead of your stay. 

When you arrive

Find out what to what to expect when you arriveat GOSH for a planned admission. 

Daily routines

Find out what to expect day-to-day on the ward.

Coping with a hospital stay, operation or procedure

Read our ideas to help make a hospital visit seem less daunting for children.

Consent – agreeing to have treatment and anaesthesia

There are various ways you can give your consent and different circumstances in which we will ask you. 

Having an anaesthetic or sedation

If anaesthetic or sedation is planned for your child’s stay, here's what you need to know about it.

Having a test or scan

Learn what to expect when you come in for a test or scan

Travelling to GOSH from outside London?

Children and young people come to GOSH from all over the UK so may have to travel for many hours to get here. Here’s how we can help. 

Somewhere to stay

If you need somewhere to stay, here's all the information you need about our parent accommodation.