Bristol Royal Hospital for Children

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Bristol Royal Hospital for Children
(Bristol Children's Hospital)
University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust
Bristol Royal Hospital for Children
Bristol Royal Hospital for Children is located in Bristol
Bristol Royal Hospital for Children
Shown in Bristol
LocationBristol, England, United Kingdom
Coordinates51°27′28″N 2°35′50″W / 51.457706°N 2.597261°W / 51.457706; -2.597261Coordinates: 51°27′28″N 2°35′50″W / 51.457706°N 2.597261°W / 51.457706; -2.597261
Care systemPublic NHS
Hospital typePaediatric hospital
Emergency departmentYes (children's major trauma centre)
ListsHospitals 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 earlier children's hospital, Bristol Royal Hospital for Sick Children, a grade-II listed building

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.[1]

The new Children's Hospital opened on 22 April 2001, replacing the old children's hospital on St Michael's Hill.[2][3] The new building cost £30 million.[4] 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.[4][5]

In February 2014 it was agreed an inquiry would be held into deaths following heart surgery at the hospital.[6] The inquiry published a report saying that “parents had been let down” in June 2016.[7]

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.[8][9] In 2015 a neuro-rehabilitation unit was built to support the moved services.[10] 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.[11]

Wallace and Gromit's Grand Appeal[edit]

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.[12]

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.[13]

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.[14] Sculptures were decorated by a range of artists and celebrities, including Joanna Lumley, Sir Peter Blake, Cath Kidston and Jools Holland.[15]

At the end of the art trail, the sculptures will be auctioned to raise funds for Bristol Children's Hospital.[16] 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.[17]


Hydrotherapy Pool Wall Mural, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, 1998

In 1997, arts consultant, Lesley Greene,[18] 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 [19] and Eva Elsner [20] and Annie Lovejoy who contributed to the planning of the commissions programme.[21]

Artworks were commissioned from more than twenty artists, many of which were site specific.[22] These commissions were funded by the hospitals own fundraising arm, The Wallace and Gromit Grand Appeal.[23]


Records of the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children are held at Bristol Archives (Ref. 37424) (online catalogue) and School of Nursing records (Ref. 38973) (online catalogue).[24]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Historic England. "Royal Hospital for Sick Children and attached front walls  (Grade II) (1202548)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 4 February 2014.
  2. ^ The Former Children's Hospital Historic Buildings Assessment (PDF) (Report). University of Bristol. November 2005. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 March 2014. Retrieved 24 February 2014.
  3. ^ "Bristol Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Bristol". Hospital Records Database. The National Archives. Retrieved 24 February 2014.
  4. ^ a b Caroline Haines and Geraldine Johnston (February 2001). "Modernising Services: The New Bristol Royal Hospital for Children". Paediatric Nursing. 13 (1). Retrieved 24 February 2014.
  5. ^ "Bristol Children's Hospital". University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust. Retrieved 26 September 2012.
  6. ^ "Sir Bruce Keogh agrees Bristol Children's Hospital inquiry". BBC. 15 February 2014. Retrieved 23 February 2014.
  7. ^ "Parents 'let down' by Bristol Children's Hospital cardiac ward". BBC. 30 June 2018. Retrieved 26 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Staff celebrate 'topping out' of extension to the Children's Hospital". University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust. 7 November 2011. Archived from the original on 28 February 2014. Retrieved 24 February 2014.
  9. ^ "Specialist children's services under one roof at the expanded Bristol Children's Hospital". South Gloucestershire CCG. 7 May 2014. Retrieved 27 October 2015.
  10. ^ "Dedicated children's in-patient neurorehabilitation unit opens at Bristol Children's Hospital". Bristol Post. 28 January 2015. Archived from the original on 18 July 2015. Retrieved 27 October 2015.
  11. ^ "Bristol Royal Infirmary". Help Appeal. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  12. ^ "Our charities and fundraising". University Hospitals Bristol. Retrieved 27 October 2015.
  13. ^ "About Us". The Grand Appeal. Retrieved 27 October 2015.
  14. ^ "Release the hounds..." Gromit Unleashed. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  15. ^ Staff (1 July 2013). "Second giant Gromit sculpture vandalised in Bristol". BBC Bristol News. Retrieved 11 July 2013.
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 14 January 2014. Retrieved 5 January 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  17. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 23 July 2013. Retrieved 30 July 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  18. ^ "Lesley Greene". Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  19. ^ "Ray Smith". Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  20. ^ "Eva Elsner". Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  21. ^ "Annie Lovejoy". Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  22. ^ "publicartonline". Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  23. ^ "Wallace & Gromit Grand Appeal". Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  24. ^ "Bristol Archives". Retrieved 26 July 2018.

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