Our current fundraising appeal is supporting the Emergency Department at Bristol children’s hospital, and will help support staff, patients and their families, providing vital support for the 40,000 poorly babies and children treated there each year. A child is treated at the Emergency Department every 15 minutes. With an ever-expanding population under its care which has doubled in under 4 years, the children’s Emergency Department is in need of expansion and renovation.
Our latest appeal to support the department will transform the waiting area, create a teen zone area for adolescent patients, a play area for young children, and support the expansion of the Resus (resuscitation) area, where the most critically ill babies and children are treated is equipped with the latest lifesaving equipment. This appeal will give the specialist team further space to treat young patients, as well as provide an additional pioneering Resuscitaire to increase its capacity as a leading Major Trauma Centre in the UK.
Dr Giles Haythornthwaite, Emergency Department Consultant explains why they need your support:
“We cover such a huge paediatric population and have the facilities needed to get our patients to the department as quickly and as securely as possible, be it by air or by land ambulance. What we now need is to expand our facilities and to create a more child-friendly environment for our patients.
“The expansion of the resuscitation area and the provision of new lifesaving equipment will be essential in helping the team meet the increased demand we’re facing. We can’t wait to see the department transformed through artwork, play areas and teen zones and improved and additional seating.
“So many families will directly benefit from the enhancements this will make to the Emergency Department. As the main paediatric emergency department for Bristol and beyond, it is very likely that you know, or know of someone, who has had to use our facilities and so these improvements really are for everyone.”
Work has already begun, and with your help, we can help save lives and support sick children and their families from all over the South West who are dependent on this vital service. Make a donation, Get involved and make a difference to your Emergency Department today.