New Medical Facilities

Bristol Children’s Hospital is a centre of excellence in the UK for the treatment of a range of medical conditions including cancer, leukaemia, burns, neurosurgery and epilepsy. 

The Grand Appeal supports the continuous programme of investment in all wards and departments in Bristol Children’s Hospital to ensure the facilities provide for the highest standard of care to meet increasing patient need. 

Children’s Emergency and Major Trauma Department

Bristol Children’s Hospital Emergency Department currently sees around 40,000 children every year, with up to 140 children attending each day.  They are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year; and provide emergency care for children aged 16 or under.  Since 2014, the Emergency Department has been a designated Paediatric Major Trauma centre and provides care to the children of Bristol and beyond, covering the whole of the South West region.  This means that any child with suspected serious or life threatening injury will be brought directly to the department and seen initially by a designated trauma team.  

The Grand Appeal provides ongoing dedicated support to the Children’s Emergency Department funding life-saving equipment, new medical facilities, toys and games for patients and interactive art.

Children’s Oncology Unit

The Children's Oncology Unit is a national referral centre, and has an international reputation for its pioneering work in transplantation for those lacking matched family donors. The Oncology Unit is an 17 bed unit with ancillary space including playroom, conservatory, kitchens and offices.  

The Unit was expanded in 2014 with funding from The Grand Appeal, but together with Oncology Day Bed Unit, now requires material refurbishment to provide an age appropriate, child-friendly environment to reduce the isolation felt by patients. The refurbishment will include integrating artwork within the ensuite isolation rooms, throughout the Oncology Day Bed unit and in all Oncology circulation areas. Funding from The Grand Appeal will also provide new life-saving medical equipment at the patients’ bedside.

We are now raising £300,000 to support our continuous programme of investment for young oncology patients at Bristol Children’s Hospital.

Children’s Renal Unit

The Grand Appeal recently funded the complete refurbishment and upgrade to the unit’s play room providing age-appropriate art, toys, games and an environment suitable for renal patients who have extensive stays in hospital.  

We fund a range of new equipment for the unit, including most recently, a new haeomodialysis equipment allowing more patients to benefit from treatment over a shorter timeframe.


WATCh is the Wales and West Acute Transport for Children Team.

The WATCh service is delivered by ambulance and by helicopter and serves the whole of Bristol the South West region and South Wales, making approximately 500 individual major trauma retrievals every year.  

As the official charity partner, The Grand Appeal supports the provision of life-saving equipment to enable the sickest babies and children to benefit from this service.


NEST is the Neonatal Emergency Stabilisation Team for St Michael's Hospital, Bristol.

Through our dedicated neonatal Cots for Tots charity, The Grand Appeal has supported the NEST team for many years providing specialist equipment for the ambulance that supports the care of the sickest babies in the South West region.  The NEST team undertakes approximately 750 transfers of critically ill babies each year – carefully moving babies to and from their local hospital for specialist care at St Michael’s Hospital in Bristol.