Theatres and imaging services

Every year at Great Ormond Street Hospital we perform 19,302 life-changing operations and 96,331 procedures.

Our expert multidisciplinary teams involve doctors, surgeons, anaesthetists and nurses, caring for children in our state-of- the-art facilities.

Facilities for surgery and procedures

Our current facilities include:

  • Twelve operating theatres, including our first fully integrated theatre, which opened in 2016, allowing the team to provide a more streamlined surgical offering
  • Cardiac catheter lab, for minimally invasive procedures in the heart
  • Surgery facilities for Gamma Knife, a non-invasive treatment for brain lesions. This technology is provided in partnership with University College Hospital (UCH).

Opening in 2018:

  • Two new integrated operating theatres
  • Nightingale pre- and post-anaesthetic care unit
  • Alligator Ward, a cardiac intensive care and high dependency unit

Imaging facilities

The Department of Radiology at GOSH provides a comprehensive range of diagnostic imaging and interventional radiology services using the latest technology.

Our facilities are uniquely set up to cater for the children in our care. Imaging suites are brightly decorated to relieve stress, and if necessary children can have a general anaesthetic for certain investigations.

We perform approximately 57,500 examinations per year and our patients have access to the following tests and treatments: ultrasound, nuclear medicine, computerised tomography (CT), magnetic resonance (MR) imaging, general X-rays, fluoroscopy (X-ray screening) and interventional radiology (IR).

Our facilities include:

  • Four GE Logiq E9 ultrasound systems (with the latest purchased in June 2016) and one Philips IU22
  • Two computed radiography (CR) rooms, one digital radiography (DR) suite and four mobile image intensifiers (with the latest installed in 2016)
  • A 192-slice dual- energy Siemens CT scanner 
  • Three 1.5T MR scanners (a Siemens Symphony and Siemens Avanto) plus a 3T MR scanner which are used for body and neuro-imaging. The department also has access to a Siemens interventional XMRI 1.5T interventional suite for cardiac research work (funded by the British Heart Foundation)
  • A Siemens T2 (a double-headed camera with CT capability) and an AnyScanS Flex Single Detector SPECT and a NuclineTM -45. Positron Emission Tomography (PET) is available but performed off site
  • Coming soon: an interoperative MRI

Our Interventional Radiology (IR) department performs more than 3,000 procedures a year. Guided by ultrasound and other imaging, interventional radiologists are able to diagnose and treat a number of conditions without open surgery.

The Interventional Radiology department currently comprises two full-time bi-plane angiography units (Siemens Artis Zee suite) and one three-quarter time dual plane suite (Toshiba), with two GE Q9 Siemens Antares and Sonosite US machines. The IR suite also has OCT and bronchoscopy equipment.

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