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Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) is one of the world’s leading children’s hospitals.

In 1852, Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) opened with just 10 beds, and was the first hospital in the UK to offer dedicated inpatient care to children.

From world firsts in surgery and state-of-the-art buildings to pioneering research and celebrity support, see some of our highlights and the people who have made them happen.

Research Fund

Great Ormond Street Hospital receives over 252,389 outpatient visits and 43,778 inpatient visits every year (figures from 2016/17). Most of the children cared for are referred from other hospitals throughout the UK and overseas. There are 63 different clinical specialties at GOSH; the UK’s widest range of specialist health services for children on one site. More than half of our patients come from outside London and GOSH is the largest paediatric centre in the UK for paediatric intensive care, cardiac surgery, neurosurgery, paediatric cancer services, nephrology and renal transplants and children treated from overseas.

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Discovery Appeal

Every day, 618 children and young people from across the UK arrive at GOSH. GOSH sees more seriously ill children with rare diseases than any other UK hospital.

For some of these children, research is their only hope. And yet only 5% of public and charitable money spent on medical research in the UK is dedicated to children’s illnesses.

GOSH sees more seriously ill children with rare diseases than any other UK hospital.

75% of rare diseases affect children. Right now, one in three will die before their fifth birthday.

GOSH urgently need to save more children with rare diseases and give them – and the adults they’ll become – a better chance in life. To do that, they need to help take research further than it’s ever gone before and push the boundaries of what’s possible in medicine.