In 2009, Bristol Haematology & Oncology Centre (BHOC), Bristol's 40-year-old cancer hospital was transformed thanks to the success of our £1.6m CaRE (Chemotherapy & Radiotherapy Environment) Appeal.

BHOC corridorAs demand for its services grew, the hospital was in clear need of modernisation. Money raised by the Appeal helped to:

·      Transform the main reception, and services brought together to offer patients and visitors a sense of holistic care as they enter the building. 

·       Dedicated space for supportive services including nurse specialists, counselling services and specialist psychological treatments was also created in both reception and outpatient areas.

·       Expansion of the outpatients department, by refurbishing waiting areas, clinic spaces and creating new consulting rooms, to offer patients more privacy and dignity.

·       Development of an integrated arts programme including artworks, lighting and way-finding signs, that all combine to link patients, visitors and staff with local well-loved scenes such as Bristol Harbour, Clevedon Pier and Cheddar Gorge, to make the hospital more welcoming.

The CaRE Appeal created a more positive and appropriate environment where staff can provide a more centred, holistic level of care and increased privacy to meet patients’ needs. It has enabled us to work towards improving the experience of cancer treatment for both patients and their families.

- Helen, Sister of Outpatients Department, BHOC

Fundraisers ran, baked, sang, cycled across the three moors, jumped from the roof of the hospital and Bristol’s second tallest building. More than a thousand former BHOC patients helped the charity to reach our target. Thank you.

Read more about the impact of the CaRE Appeal in our Impact Report here.

It's so much better now – as soon as you walk through the door there’s information right in front of you in the light airy reception. The wonderful artwork with calming landscapes helps to lift your spirits at a difficult time.

- Jason Edgar, former patient and CaRE Appeal supporter

Please continue to support our cancer patients in the BHOC

Children and adults with cancer still need your support to help make their hospital experience and treatment the best it can be. Find out what the hospitals are currently fundraising for here. Thank you.