Where is Great Ormond Street, was Charlie Gard treated there and how many kids does the hospital take care of?

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GREAT Ormond Street Hospital will not return all previous donations from the Presidents Club after the secretive group was engulfed by a sex scandal.

Here is more about the world-famous hospital and why they are refusing to give back the money.

Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) is the UK’s leading child treatment centre
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Where is Great Ormond Street Hospital?

GOSH is a hospital in North West London – close to Russell Square tube station in the borough of Camden – but more than half its patients come from outside the city.

Kids are referred from hospitals across the UK, and overseas, for treatment in the facility – which is also a leading research centre.

It is the largest centre in the UK for treating kids with cardiac surgery, neurosurgery, cancer services, intensive care, nephrology and renal transplants – among other things.

Doctors at the famous hospital were involved in the treatment of terminally ill toddler Charlie Gard.

The nature of the case has resulted in staff being threatened and the police being notified.

What is the hospital’s history? How many kids are treated there today?

GOSH was founded in 1852, with just 10 beds, and was the first dedicated children’s hospital in the UK.

In 1843, a survey found that only 26 of the 2,400 patients in London hospitals were under the age of 10.

However, of the 51,000 people dying in the capital that same year, 21,000 were under 10.

At the time, kids were thought better off being cared for at home with their mums – even if seriously ill.

Young, scantily clad women worked as waitresses and hostessed at the all-male Presidents Club event
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GOSH was founded by Dr Charles West and, under matron Frances Willey, its number of beds tripled to 30 in the first three years.

Under Frances’ leadership, the nursing team grew from one to 13 during the same time period.

The hospital has come a long way from its humble beginnings.

In 2016/17, GOSH treated more than 252,000 outpatients and 43,000 inpatients – around 295,000 patients in total.

Why is the hospital not returning Presidents Club donations?

The children’s hospital will not return all previous donations from the Presidents Club following their controversial annual all-male dinner at the Dorchester hotel on January 18.

GOSH confirmed that it had received £530,000 from the Presidents Club between 2009 and 2016.

A spokesperson for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity said:“Our thinking is always guided by our aim to maximise the support we give to the hospital and the families it cares for.

“Following feedback from our supporters, guidance from the Charity Commission and taking into account the impending closure of the Presidents Club Charitable Trust, the Trustees have decided to retain the funds donated by the Trust.

“We would like to thank all of our donors for their support, it is only through their generosity that we can make a difference for seriously ill children cared for at the hospital.”

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