UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


Using the facility & charges

The facility is open to Institute of Child Health (ICH), Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (GOSH), UCL and external users.

To register for booking and request training please follow the instructions at this link: 

Book online

All instruments are available on first-come first-served basis.

Details of our training policy can be found on our Training & Courses page (link here).

The facility microscopes may only be used by those who have been trained by facility staff, or under the direct supervision of previously trained staff at the facility managers discretion. Users who can demonstrate previous experience with similar microscopes may not need full training but will still need to be shown the cleaning & safety procedures by the facility manager.

To access the facility UCL staff & students will need to have access authorised on their swipe card. Please email Dale Moulding your UCL UPI card number. External users will need to call Dale to access the facility.

Opening hours

Staffed hours:
9.30am - 5.30pm Monday to Friday

The facility is open from 8am to 10:30pm, 7 days a week to ICH and GOS users. However anyone using the facility out of the normal working hours shown above must follow the appropriate lone worker rules.

For ICH staff see the ICH intranet Lone Working policy. GOSH staff should refer to their own policy for lone working.

Access Charges

£25 per quarter. Every 3 months each active user of the facility is charged a £25 access fee. This covers access to the free systems (including training), and advice on all imaging projects, from planning to execution and analysis.

Charges for microscopy & analysis (hourly)

ICH rates in bold. UCL rates in ().

LSM710 & LSM880 & LSM980

  • £50 training (£50) by facility staff (3 hours for complete beginner = £150 / £150)
  • £30 (£35) Standard rate
  • £20 (£25) weekends           
  • £100 overnight time-lapse experiments (total fee)
  • £50 (£62.50) per hour for operation by facility staff

Spinning Disk

  • £16 (£20) Standard rate
  • £8 (£10) weekends

Charges for all other Microscopes & Workstations

  • £0 training for ICH users for all systems (except Confocals) included in hourly rate & quarterly fee.
  • £10 (£12.50) Zeiss Observer 7 colour automated fluorescence. Room 310
  • £10 (£12.50) Nikon Ti2 8 colour Live imaging. £2.50 (£3) per hour after 4 hours use. Room 301
  • £5 (£6.25) Leica Upright fluorescence system. Room 310.
  • £1 (£2.5) Olympus Inverted fluorescence system. Room 304.
  • £5 (£6.25) Workstation - Tinker Bell (Imaris, Huygens, Volocity)
  • Free Workstation - Peter Pan (Fiji/ImageJ, ICY, Matlab)
  • Free (£2.5) Histology scopes with colour cameras

Academic (Non-ICH):

Training - £50 per hour on all systems. 

Microscope use - UCL - Typically 25% above standard rates. Non-UCL 50-100% surcharge. Commercial POA.


Please follow the links in the booking menu on the right of the page. 

Cancellation (for chargeable microscopes)

Booking can be cancelled up to 24 hours beforehand without charge. Cancellations less than 24 hours ahead will be charged at half price unless taken up by another user or for a reason beyond the scientist control (subject to the facility manager agreement). 

Our booking system will automatically email interested users who have requested notification of cancellations.

Health and Safety

All users must read the risk assessment and the area code of practice for the confocal facility before using the facility.