Love your heart. Love your hospital. Love your NHS.

As one of the leading cardiac centres in the country, the BHI treats 40,000 patients each year, performing over 500 keyhole surgeries a month and 17,000 diagnostic scans annually, at a cost of £46 million.

The Bristol Heart Institute Appeal in 2019 raised nearly £850,000 towards the new Bristol Heart Institute (BHI) to bring 21st century healthcare to cardiac patients across the South West.

Your support helped provide the latest treatments, surgery techniques, diagnostic equipment and research at Bristol Heart Institute. Patient care has been improved, lives will be saved and loved ones will remain together.

State of the art equipment, technology and patient experience

Your generous donations helped to create a positive healing environment, fund enhanced state of the art equipment and technology, and the latest surgical and diagnostic equipment to improve facilities to meet the growing demand for its services

All core medical equipment was funded by the NHS, but funds raised by you helped us to provide above and beyond what the NHS is able to afford, including:

  • Providing tele-medicine facilities to link with centres throughout the region to enable urgent consultations, referrals and advice within a matter of minutes. Leading clinicians are able to share their expertise with fellow professionals and students in real-time case conferences, teaching sessions and tele-conferencing.
  • Enhancing and upgrading the centre's patient monitoring system to allow maximum mobility for recovering patients.
  • Heart valve devices To provide mechanical support for high risk patients who have suffered heart failure and other serious heart condition.
  • The creation of a warm, welcoming, and comfortable atrium for patients and visitors, and the furnishing and equipping of two visitor accommodation rooms.
  • Funding of an arts programme ranging from a suspended sculpture to wall art, as art has a significant role in improving the wellbeing and health of patients, visitors, carers, and staff. This is supported by a review undertaken in 2007 by Department of Health, and promoted by NHS Estates, The Princes Foundation, CABE and The Kings Fund.
  • Ipads To aid recovery of patients and help them keep in touch with family and friends.
New echocardiology facility at the BHI

New echo machine for cardiac intensive care unit at the BHI Upgraded patient monitoring system

Advances in patient care transforms lives and aids recovery

BHI patient Chris Pearce said: "I am delighted that the BHI Appeal has reached its target. It is a great credit to all the people who have contributed to make this happen.

"I know from personal experience how much patients will benefit from the relocation of the ECG facility in the BHI. It will be goodbye to labyrinthine treks through the corridors of the BRI. To have all the equipment needed close at hand will make the quality of care provided even better."

Jenny Anstey, Matron, says:

People from across the South West directly benefit from having specialist cardiac services on their doorstep and your help with the Bristol Heart Institute Appeal has enabled us to push the boundaries of innovation even further for future provision of care.

Thanks to your support, we can ensure the BHI continues to provide the very best care and treatment for some of the UK’s sickest patients. 

The end of the appeal does not mean our work with the BHI stops. There are many ways you can continue to support the Bristol Heart Institute:

★ Make a single donation or set up a regular gift.

 Fundraise on your own or with your family and friends.

★ Become our charity partner at your workplace.

★ Leave a gift in your will to the BHI.