Great Ormond Street Hospital

po_Ormond-HospitalGreat Ormond Street Hospital (formerly the Hospital for Sick Children) is a children’s hospital located in the Bloomsbury area of London, and a part of Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust.

Great Ormond Street Hospital is known internationally for receiving the rights from J. M. Barrie to his play Peter Pan, or the Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up in 1929, which have provided significant funding for the institution.

After a long campaign by Dr Charles West, the Hospital for Sick Children was founded on February 14, 1852 and was the first hospital providing in-patient beds specifically for children in the English-speaking world. Despite opening with just 10 beds, it grew into one of the world’s leading children’s hospital through the patronage of Queen Victoria, counting Charles Dickens, a personal friend of Dr West, the Chief Physician, as one of its first fundraisers.