A Message from the Highly Specialised Osteogenesis Imperfecta Team at Great Ormond Street Hospital
- Posted on Jul 15, 2020
Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) worked in close partnership with our North Central London colleagues and Trusts to provide care for children from surrounding hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic. We restructured parts of the hospital to allow children to be cared for by both their host hospital paediatric teams who relocated to GOSH and by GOSH staff. Doing so allowed our neighbouring Trusts to make more space for adult patients with COVID-19.
COVID-19 has changed everyone’s lives and the way we all work. Like many other individuals and hospitals, GOSH’s OI team changed their way of working for over four months to adapt. This brought with it an opportunity and challenge to evolve and we met that head on. We carefully assessed each of our patients to make sure we could provide the care they need. Clinics were changed from face-to-face appointments to virtual clinics for patients who did not need to physically come into the hospital.
Our message to families was clear – “even if we can’t see you face-to-face, we are still here for you”. Therapists were redeployed to other clinical areas, doctors had rota changes and some staff had to shield and work from home. Weekly MDT meetings were quickly instigated so those living as far south as Kent and as north as Bedfordshire could all contribute to sharing parental questions, concerns and forward planning to provide a service to those who needed it the most, our patients.
As we begin to carefully reopen services across the hospital with lots of safety measures in place, our patients remain our priority and we will do all we can to continue to help them and their families.
You can find the latest news, information and resources in our COVID-19 information hub at https://www.gosh.nhs.uk/covid-19
Dr Catherine DeVile
Great Ormond Street Hospital