The Allergy Brothers recently had their annual appointment at GOSH. We are very grateful for their treatment at GOSH, but we were also extremely glad when their appointments dropped from every couple of months to once a year. It’s a stressful and long day. We have discovered a few things that make the day go a bit smoother so we thought we would share what we have discovered.
- Leave lots of time for your appointment. The consultants are also on call for all the children who are inpatients. They are constantly being phoned etc about those patients while running their clinics. This means the appointments are almost always running late, very late. Bring snacks and drinks (water is usually provided in the waiting areas). Bring toys, books, devices etc to pass the time. Don’t book a time-limited travel ticket, unless you like to live life on the edge.
- The People’s Supermarket in Lamb’s Conduit Street sells a range of dairy free and gluten free foods. It’s a wholefoods mini supermarket.
- Allergy Dad appreciated his double espresso from Redemption Roasters in Lamb’s Conduit Street.
- There are lots of chain restaurants in The Brunswick Centre, Bernard Street, if you need somewhere familiar to eat or to check allergens beforehand.
- Our number one top tip is to visit Coram’s Fields in Guildford Street. This is a children only park (no adults admitted without a child!), that is very close to the hospital. It’s great for airing The Allergy Brothers out before and after our journeys from North Essex to GOSH.
- Allergy Wizard recommends taking a taxi to get there! He’s a bit cross that Allergy Dad’s car could go in the congestion zone for this visit so he didn’t get to go in a black cab. When we have used a black cab in the past, the drivers have always refused tips, and some of them have undercharged us to travel to and from Great Ormond Street! Thanks, Hackney Carriage drivers of London!