Great Ormond Street Hospital celebrates UAE Flag Day with patient’s painting

The UK children’s hospital posted a picture showing a UAE patient painting the flag to mark the special national day

The tweet explained the flag, with its distinctive green, black, red and white design had been created by a patient named Omar who had the help of a member of the hospital’s Play Team, Erin Hanna
The tweet explained the flag, with its distinctive green, black, red and white design had been created by a patient named Omar who had the help of a member of the hospital’s Play Team, Erin Hanna

Great Ormond Street Hospital, the world-famous London children’s hospital, marked UAE Flag Day with a painting made by one of its patients.

The hospital, which treats children with complex medical conditions, tweeted pictures of a UAE patient called Omar painting the nation’s flag to celebrate the day.

“Happy UAE Flag Day!” the social media post from Great Ormond Street’s International Private Patient Unit read. “We are celebrating today at @GreatOrmondSt, with a photo of our #Emirati patient Omar.”

The tweet explained the flag, with its distinctive green, black, red and white design, had been created with a member of the hospital’s Play Team, Erin Hanna, who was also pictured.

Great Ormond Street Hospital’s International Private Patient Unit treats children with challenging health problems from around the world. This includes 1,500 patients from the Middle East every year.

The hospital places a premium on ensuring patients are comfortable during their treatment. Some will spend months or even years at the hospital during their childhood.

Great Ormond Street also strives to accommodate the religious needs of its patients and their families.

The UAE has played crucial role in the recent development of the children’s hospital. This year, the construction of the Zayed Centre for Research into Rare Disease in Children was completed.

The centre, made possible thanks to a £60 million gift from Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, has brought together hundreds of clinicians and researchers under one roof. These experts are set to pioneer new treatments for children with rare and complex diseases through their research.

The Zayed Centre, located next to the hospital, brings together clinicians from University College London, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and the hospital itself to work together in an effort to cure rare childhood disease.

Updated: November 3, 2019 08:31 PM

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