With over 50,000 inpatient admissions and 12,000 operations performed within its theatres, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSH Charity) is celebrating ten years of the hospital’s Morgan Stanley Clinical Building.
Funded by GOSH Charity, the building first opened its doors in 2012 to patients and formed the first part of the state-of-the-art Mittal Children’s Medical Centre. The seven-floor centre became home to new wards for the treatment of children with kidney, brain, heart and lung conditions – together with four advanced operating theatres, two Disney-themed play areas and a restaurant area for staff and families.
Named in honour of financial services firm, and key corporate partner, Morgan Stanley, which this year is also celebrating its 15th-anniversary supporting GOSH Charity, the opening of the building was attended by patients, staff and various celebrity supporters including TV presenter Tess Daly.
Looking back over the last decade, Tess said:
“I was thrilled to attend the opening of the building in 2012 and can’t believe ten years have passed already. It was such an amazing day and I have really fond memories of all the staff and families I met.
“Both myself and Vernon are honoured to support GOSH Charity in our role as Children’s Champions and continue to be inspired by the phenomenal work that goes on at the hospital every day to transform the lives of seriously ill children from across the UK.
“Not only has the building meant more children can be treated at GOSH, but it’s also wonderful to see the family facilities incorporated within the building such as the Disney Reef and play area and Lagoon restaurant, which I know are very popular.”
The building is home to the Wolfson Heart and Lung Centre and the hospital is the largest centre for child heart surgery in the UK and one of the largest heart transplant centres for children in the world. In addition, the building houses the Kidney Care UK Centre and The JN and Phyliss Somers Neuroscience Centre.
Dr Jacob Simmonds, Consultant Cardiologist and Transplant Physician at GOSH said:
“I think it has really opened up a new pathway for both patients and the staff, bringing everything into one area and making it much easier to get around.
“The shape, the design and the areas that allow staff and patients to get outside for fresh air are exceptional for a central London location. There is also a lot of natural light in the building, which adds a real benefit to patients both waiting for a transplant or recovering.”
Alongside surgeries, the operating theatres within the building have also been used to conduct tours for patients and families experiencing anxiety ahead of their planned surgeries. Patients and families are invited into the theatre to meet the team, ask questions, see the space, and interact with some of the equipment to help them prepare for their procedures.
Louise Parkes, Chief Executive at GOSH Charity, added:
“The ten-year anniversary of the clinical building marks a significant milestone and we are so grateful to everyone who generously supported its creation. The transformation of facilities it has provided to staff and patient families alike is fantastic, with the building offering a more practical and calming atmosphere and the addition of en-suite bedrooms and extra playrooms.
“It is astonishing to think just how many patients have been treated in the building over the last decade, helping support the charity’s mission to give the most seriously ill children the best chance of life.”