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  Great Ormond Street facts
Updated 14 February 2002, 12.46
An 'iron lung' respirator given to Great Ormond Street in the 1930s
  • The author of Peter Pan donated the rights of the play to the hospital in 1929, which brings in loads of money every year

  • More than 22,000 children stay in the hospital each year and another 77,000 are day visitors

  • The hospital opened on 14 February 1852 and its first patient was George Parr, who had catarrh and diarrhoea

  • There are 315 doctors, 900 nurses, 29 wards and 335 beds

  • A patient and nurse at Great Ormond Street Hospital
    When it first opened, there were no appointments like there are today. Children queued up outside and were seen on a first-come, first-served basis

  • 10, 600 planned operations are carried out every year

  • It's got the biggest child units for epilepsy, brain tumours, kidney transplants and intensive care in the country

  • It's got its own hospital school for children who are in there for a long time

  • It lets 1,000 parents stay there each week to be with their children

  • The hospital was badly damaged when it was bombed during the Second World War but luckily no one was hurt


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