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Cancer care / Design for children and young people

Cancer Care by Design International Symposium

The new Children’s Cancer Centre at Great Ormond Street Hospital

By SALUS User Experience Team 03 Apr 2023 0

This talk will explore the particular challenges of designing cancer care facilities for children, taking into account the needs of the child’s family and achieving a design that is suitable for children of all ages.


Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) is in the process of designing (RIBA Stage 4) a new building that will include all of the facilities required for its cancer services.

It is anticipated to open to the first patients in 2027, and the building, which is Phase 4 of GOSH’s redevelopment masterplan, will also be the new frontage for the whole hospital and will incorporate the new main entrance.

GOSH is endeavouring to design a building that supports clinical staff to provide an outstanding patient and family experience, and the facilities required to support this will be considered. Features and innovations that encourage activity, normal activities of childhood and family life, and minimising the detrimental impact of long-term hospitalisation will also be explored.