Mandy Byron

The Psychosocial and Family Services department supports children, families and staff at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) to cope with the illness and treatment of a child.

The department works closely with medical teams throughout the hospital and there are psychosocial professionals attached to each of the different hospital specialties. The team comprises a wide range of highly skilled professionals, including social workers, paediatric psychologists, the Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care team and Bereavement Services. Meet a few of the team. 

Hinda and Kathy

The Dietetics team at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) support children when nutrition and special diets can be used as part of their treatment. The team work alongside all clinical specialties, helping to improve a child’s health, growth and development through their dietary needs. Here, three children introduce themselves and their dietitians.

Rudy and Sam

When Rudy was five years old he was transferred to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) to undergo an operation to remove a brain tumour. Rudy’s dad, Sam, shares their story.

Sonny and mum Laura

Sonny was rushed to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) for emergency surgery after his stomach ache worsened. Surgery revealed that Sonny had non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and he began a course of chemotherapy at GOSH. Mum Laura shares their story.

Matthew interviews Elizabeth

Matthew was diagnosed with severe pulmonary hypertension when he was 18 months old. He spent six and a half weeks at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), during which time his mum and dad stayed in the hospital’s family accommodation. Here, Matthew interviews Elizabeth from the Family Accommodation team.

Grace handing out medals

Seven-year-old Grace was less than a year old when she was diagnosed at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) with long segment tracheal stenosis, an extremely rare disease which affects only one in five million children. Yesterday, Grace went along as guest of honour to cheer on fundraisers from ASK Italian and to hand out medals as they completed their Summer Triathlon, held in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital’s Children’s Charity.

Megan in hospital

Fourteen-year-old Megan successfully underwent a kidney transplant at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) after a new blood filtering technique meant she was able to receive a kidney from her dad despite having a large amount of powerful proteins in her body that would have usually fought against the organ and rejected it.

Tim, Lewis and Donna

Rugby-loving 14-year-old Lewis Botting was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy earlier this year and is now on the waiting list for a heart transplant. Lewis has just become the first patient at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) to be fitted with Heartware, a new portable pumping unit which acts as a bridge-to-transplant treatment similar to a Berlin Heart, but can be carried in a small satchel-type bag at his side.

Tracey Anthony, lead nurse for theatres

Tracey is Lead Nurse for Theatres at Great Ormond Street Hospital, and has worked here since 2006. Here, she tells us a little about what surgery at GOSH involves.


In October 2007, Erin was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive rhabdoid tumour. Her dad, Scott, looks back on nearly a year of intensive chemotherapy treatment at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).

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