Life Saving Equipment

We fund pioneering equipment to help save the lives of sick children and babies at Bristol Children's Hospital. 

The Grand Appeal is committed to providing pioneering medical equipment, ensuring Bristol Children’s Hospital is at the forefront of paediatric care in the UK. In 21 years, The Grand Appeal has funded ground-breaking facilities for sick children and babies from across the entire South West region and beyond.


Intra-operative MRI Scanner

Ground-breaking equipment funded by The Grand Appeal means Bristol Children’s Hospital is one of the best hospitals in the world for caring for Neurosurgery patients.

With the funds raised by our ‘Gromit Unleashed’ trail, we funded a pioneering 3T MRI scanner and intraoperative scanning suite – one of just three in the whole of Europe.

This advanced medical equipment allows surgeons to pinpoint the location of tumours and operate on the very deepest parts of the brain. Surgeons can also conduct scans during procedures, meanings children only have to undergo a single operation.

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Cardiac Hybrid Theatre

Thanks to our incredible fundraisers, Bristol Children’s Hospital is one of only a few hospitals in the UK to have a pioneering Cardiac Hybrid Theatre, revolutionising treatment for children with complex heart conditions. It provides a ‘one-stop’ operating theatre, reducing the need for multiple operations.

This theatre is transforming the lives of children, who have open heart surgery at as young as a few days old, and this ground-breaking theatre will help provide patients with the best care possible.

Neurosurgical Robot & Brain Lab

In 2015, we funded a pioneering advanced neurosurgery robot and Brainlab diagnostic suite for £900,000, the first in the UK specifically for children. They allow surgeons to operate on patients with brain tumours and other complicated neurological conditions with incredible precision, and are already revolutionising epilepsy treatment.

The Robotic Stereotactic EEG uses high-precision image guidance technology to allow surgeons to insert electrodes deep into the brain to record activity – including seizures. Doctors can then pinpoint exactly where in the brain patients’ seizures are starting from.

This is truly life-changing, as many children whose epilepsy was previously thought inoperable may now be suitable for surgery. To find out more, click here

Paediatric Intensive Care Unit

Bristol Children’s Hospital has the only dedicated Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and Major Trauma Centre for the whole South West of England, caring for a population of more than 800,000 children.

The Grand Appeal has supported the PICU over the last 20 years by providing a range of state of the art medical equipment, including life support machines.

Burns, major trauma and neurosurgery

In 2015, we provided £5 million to help Bristol Children’s Hospital expand as a result of our Gromit Unleashed fundraising campaign, bringing specialist paediatric services like Burns, Major Trauma, Neurosurgery, Orthopaedic and A&E under one roof for the first time.

One child may need a range of different treatments, and this expansion means sick and critically-ill children can now access any care they may need in the same place – something not previously possible in Bristol. Having all children’s specialities within one hospital also means doctors can deliver more holistic and ultimately, better care.

The limb reconstruction service

We funded a ground-breaking limb reconstruction unit at Bristol Children’s Hospital in 2005, which is still hugely important today. It was only through funding from The Grand Appeal that this unit was established by fergal Monsell, a world-leading expert in limb reconstruction. 

This unit is the largest in Europe and pioneers treatments for children from across an extensive region with complex deformities or who have severe mobility issues, and has led innovation in Ilizarov frame surgery for a number of years