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Great Ormond Street Hospital: 'Items have been replaced by long-term supporter

We can confirm there has been a theft and are fully cooperating with the police.

We have been overwhelmed by generous offers from individualsand companies to replace the missing items.

These items have now been replaced by a long-term supporter. Thank you to everyone who has contacted us for their concern and kindness.

– Great Ormond Street Hospital

DJ Ferrari helps to replace stolen gifts

LBC DJ Nick Ferrari stepped in to help after Christmas presents for children at Great Ormond Street Hospital were stolen.

They were taken from a non-public area of the hospital, which has more than 200,000 patient visits each year.

After hearing about the incident, LBC 97.3 presenter Nick Ferrari contacted Curry's PC World and Blockbuster video - and the two companies promised to replace the stolen gifts.


Paralympian joins 'Giggle Doctors' at Great Ormond St

Will Bayley and the Giggle Doctors.
Will Bayley and the Giggle Doctors. Credit: Theodora Children's Trust.

Children at Great Ormond Street Hospital got a visit from double Paralympic medallist Will Bayley today.

The athlete, who took home a silver and a bronze in table tennis at London 2012, joined entertainers from the Theodora Children's Trust on the wards.

Specially trained 'Giggle Doctors' from the charity bring fun and laughter to the children's bedsides through a mixture of storytelling, puppetry and magic.


Birth defects centre opens

A multi-million pound research centre dedicated to investigating birth defects opens in the capital today.

The Newlife Birth Defects Research Centre is Europe's first centre to examine the diagnosis and treatment of birth defects.

The centre, based at University College London's Institute of Child Health, was funded through donations given to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity.

Professor Andrew Copp, head of the centre, said: "We are able to prevent only a very small number of birth defects. We remain ignorant of what actually causes common birth defects such as cleft palate, heart defects and spina bifida."

Ex-London cardiologist has 'behavioural problem'

A medical tribunal has found that eminent former Great Ormond Street cardiologist Philipp Bonhoeffer's fitness to practise was impaired after he was found guilty of molesting young boys.

The panel said that Bonhoeffer has a "deep seated behavioural problem" adding that the case represents one of the "most serious" forms of abuse.

The panel is of the view that Professor Bonhoeffer's case represents one of the most serious forms of abuse both of young boys and of his own privileged position as a member of the medical profession.

There can be no doubt that the serious misconduct found in this case establishes that Professor Bonhoeffer has in the past acted so as to put patients at risk, has damaged the reputation of the profession and has breached many fundamental tenets of the profession, including the requirement for integrity and trustworthiness.

– Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service panel chairman David Kyle
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