Breakthroughs in children's medicine

Great Ormond Street Hospital was founded in 1852 by Charles West, a forward-thinking doctor who recognised that children have very different medical needs to adults.

His solution was to establish a hospital dedicated solely to caring for children and finding new and better ways to improve their health.

Our history of Great Ormond Street Hospital section documents the hospital since its modest beginnings and introduces some of the doctors who pioneered new ways to help the children in their care.

We're also publishing a series of booklets which illustrate just some of the amazing breakthroughs in paediatric medicine led by Great Ormond Street Hospital over its 160-year history. Latest editions include:

Breakthrough Guide - Heart And Lung