Bristol Royal Hospital for Children
|Bristol Royal Hospital for Children|
(Bristol Children's Hospital)
|University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust|
Bristol Royal Hospital for Children
|Location||Bristol, England, United Kingdom|
|Care system||Public NHS|
|Hospital type||Paediatric hospital|
|Emergency department||Yes (children's major trauma centre)|
|Lists||Hospitals in England|
Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, also known as the Bristol Children's Hospital, is a paediatric hospital in Bristol, in the south west of England. The Bristol Children's Hospital is part of the University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust (UHBristol) which includes seven hospitals within Bristol. The hospital is located next to the Bristol Royal Infirmary in Bristol city centre. Bristol Children's Hospital is the only paediatric major trauma centre in South West England.
The hospital has its origins in the Hospital for Sick Children on St Michael's Hill founded in 1866 and built to the designs of Robert Carwen in the Tudor gothic revival style in 1885. It went on to become the Bristol Royal Hospital for Sick Children.
The new Children's Hospital opened on 22 April 2001, replacing the old children's hospital on St Michael's Hill. The new building cost £30 million. One of the main aims of the design, in addition to providing the most up-to-date facilities possible, was to overcome many of the difficulties that face patients, families and staff.
An extension was built to accommodate services moved from Frenchay Hospital in 2014, including neuroscience, scoliosis surgery, burns and plastic surgery, bringing all inpatient children's services in Bristol to one location. In 2015 a neuro-rehabilitation unit was built to support the moved services. In May 2014, a new helipad on the roof of the neighbouring Bristol Royal Infirmary became fully operational and will receive air ambulances from Bristol and the surrounding area, which will speed up transfer times for patients who are air lifted to the hospital. The HELP Appeal supported the construction of the helipad with a grant of £500,000.
Wallace and Gromit's Grand Appeal
Wallace & Gromit's Grand Appeal is the only charity that fundraises exclusively for Bristol Royal Hospital for Children (BRHC) and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St Michael's Hospital, to provide facilities and comforts for patients and their families.
The Grand Appeal raised £12 million towards the new building for the child-friendly Hospital, which opened in April 2001. Since then, the charity has funded a wide variety of programmes for patients valued at over £5 million including arts, entertainment, education, play and music programmes; equipment; family accommodation facilities; comforts for patients; ward enhancement and new medical facilities in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
At the beginning of July 2013, The Grand Appeal launched a project named Gromit Unleashed, a public art exhibition led by Wallace & Gromit's Grand Appeal and Aardman Animations, in which 80 giant artist-decorated fibreglass sculptures of Gromit have been unleashed on the streets of Bristol and the surrounding area for ten weeks. Sculptures were decorated by a range of artists and celebrities, including Joanna Lumley, Sir Peter Blake, Cath Kidston and Jools Holland.
At the end of the art trail, the sculptures will be auctioned to raise funds for Bristol Children's Hospital. The Grand Appeal has pledged to raise £3.5 million for equipment for Bristol Children's Hospital, including a state of the art CT Scanner, an intraoperative MRI scanner, family facilities and child-friendly artwork to help save the lives of sick children at the hospital. All funds raised by Gromit Unleashed will contribute towards this.
In 1997, arts consultant, Lesley Greene, was commissioned to develop an arts strategy for the new hospital. This project was committed to integrated designs, a commitment to consultation and the family. Her active research programme led to the appointment of lead artist, Ray Smith  and Eva Elsner  and Annie Lovejoy who contributed to the planning of the commissions programme.
Artworks were commissioned from more than twenty artists, many of which were site specific. These commissions were funded by the hospitals own fundraising arm, The Wallace and Gromit Grand Appeal.
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