UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


Confocal microscopy core facility

Laboratory services

Charges and conditions of use

Opening hours

Staffed hours:
9.00am - 6.00pm 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.

Charges for confocal microscopy

£50 per hour for training by facility staff (3 hours for complete beginner)

£50 per hour for operation by facility staff

£28 per hour for operation by user (ICH academic rate)

£35 per hour for operation by user (non-ICH academic rate)  

£20 per hour weekend until 11pm when the overnight £10 rate applies                    

£10 per hour for overnight time-lapse experiments


The microscopes can be booked by users via our online booking system. There is a minimum of 30 minutes booking slot and additional time after that will be charged in 30 minutes increments.

An account code, IDT or purchase order, as appropriate, must be supplied at the time of booking.


Booking can be cancelled up to 24 hours beforehand without charge. Cancellations less than 24 hours ahead will be charged at full cost 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, however, you can send an email to ich-confocal@ucl.ac.uk to see if any other user would like to take your slot at short notice.

Health and Safety

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