Great Ormond Street Hospital, or GOSH as it’s fondly known, is the UK’s leading centre for treating seriously ill children. Not only do they do an amazing job of looking after sick children on the wards, but they carry out pioneering research into new treatments and cures for various rare, complex and life-threatening conditions.
Back in 2012, we pledged to raise £7.5 million for GOSH, specifically to help fund a new state-of-the-art medical wing, which we’re proud to say will be called the Premier Inn Clinical Building. And guess what? Not only have we hit that target, we’ve done it a whole year ahead of schedule! A great achievement, doors to the new wing will open in Autumn 2017 and we just cannot wait. It’s with the help and sheer dedication from our guests and staff that has all been possible.
The Premier Inn Clinical Building will be part of the hospital’s ongoing programme to redevelop some of its oldest buildings and replace outdated wards with cutting-edge facilities. It will be home to a surgery centre and inpatient wards for children with infectious diseases, skin conditions and heart disorders, as well as those who have problems with their breathing, mobility or nervous system. These wards will give children and their families more space and privacy during what is inevitably a stressful and traumatic time.
Every bedroom will have an en-suite bathroom and, perhaps most importantly, room for a parent to stay, allowing them to comfort their child right through the night. The wards will also have space for the children to play and eat together and areas for parents to have a break.
Once the ward is open, GOSH is expecting to treat up to 20% more children with the most serious illnesses which really will make the world of difference.
Meet Herb, the face of October's National Charity Week 2015. At 13 months old, he was diagnosed with meningitis. A year later, he became unwell with an empyema (a collapsed lung) and was transferred to GOSH. Tests revealed a rare syndrome called NEMO deficiency, which severely affects the immune system and explained why he was ill so often.
When Herb fell sick yet again, an X-ray showed myca-bacteria on his lungs and a bone marrow transplant was Herb’s only option. Fortunately, he got one at GOSH from his older brother Rufus, who was invited to push the button to start the transfusion!
After ten long weeks in an isolation unit on Robin Ward, Herb is finally back at home and enjoying school with his friends.
Look out for our lovely cuddly bear called Bernard in our hotels which you can buy and take home to bed. Bernard costs £10 and all profits are being donated to GOSH. Just pop him on your room bill when you check out.