Former Great Ormond Street Hospital Porter Faces Child Sex Charges

Nicky Broyd

November 26, 2020

Editor's note, 28 November 2020: This article was updated with the latest information.

A former Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) porter is facing sex offence charges, including rape. He is also charged with counts of sexual assault of a child under 13, and one count of attempted rape of a child under 13.

Fifty-five-year-old Paul Farrell from Camden is in custody and appeared at Wood Green Crown Court in north London yesterday.

Police said Farrell was originally arrested on 16 January. The charges relate to seven victims and alleged offences committed between 1985 and 2020.

'Truly Awful Charges'

"These are truly awful charges," GOSH said in a statement, "and we know that our hospital community, including our patient families, will have concerns or questions."

It said Farrell had been dismissed from the Trust which is continuing to work closely with the police.

"Safeguarding children is fundamental to the care we provide and our policies are in line with national best practice," the statement continued.

"All members of staff employed by the hospital are required to carry out safeguarding training appropriate to their role and we have a dedicated team who are the point of contact for all safeguarding concerns and referrals.

"If patients, their families or colleagues raise concerns about staff there is a clear and swift process to manage these concerns when they are raised. This includes involving the police where needed."

Crown Court

Farrell has pleaded guilty to 58 child sex offences, Sky News reported. He denies a further 21 charges, including rape.

At least two victims said they were sexually abused by Farrell at the hospital. However, the court heard he was not targeting children at the hospital but children were abused in parts of the hospital to which he had access.

In an updated statement, GOSH said: "It was upsetting to hear from court today that some of the charges relate to the hospital site. However, it is important to stress, as stated by the judge today, that children at GOSH were not being targeted."

Legal proceedings mean GOSH can't go into the details of the case but the charity NSPCC has set up a special helpline for people with concerns on 0800 101 996 or via email to help@nspcc.org.uk.

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