Did you know Bristol Children's Hospital is the only big children's hospital in the UK without a dedicated research facility? 

This means across the South West, the opportunity for poorly children to take part in life changing research trials is restricted due to a lack of clinical space, lack of beds, and limited facilities. This restricts patients and families from trying the latest treatments, or forces them to travel far from home to hospitals in London, Liverpool or Birmingham. 

“We we don’t want any child to miss out on a research trial that could change their life.” 

Natalie Fineman, Lead Nurse for Research at Royal Bristol Hospital for Children.

The new facility will be life-changing for many. It will enable the dedicated research team to do more research and unlock life transforming and potentially curative treatments that are not currently available in Bristol and the South West.  

It will improve the quality of life for those with life-limiting conditions including childhood cancers, heart, muscular, neurological, respiratory, renal conditions, as well as rare diseases.


The new research facility will:

BWHC Logo sunburst icon Be a purpose-built facility fully equipped for all the research staff and their patient needs.

BWHC Logo sunburst icon Create a home-from-home centre unlocking treatments for thousands and removing travel barriers faced by so many

BWHC Logo sunburst icon Place research at the heart of the South West’s leading specialist children’s hospital

BWHC Logo sunburst icon Transform care for 1,200 poorly children in the first year

BWHC Logo sunburst icon Allow staff to offer 30% more life transforming research studies

BWHC Logo sunburst icon Increase patient numbers by 20% each year

BWHC Logo sunburst icon Attract and retain the best staff


That all sounds pretty great right?

With your help, thousands of children across the South West can have the same opportunities as children in the rest of the UK.


South West Childrens Research Appeal
Design concepts for the clinical research centre at Bristol Childrens Hospital The difference the childrens research centre will make in the South West
Meet the research team at Bristol Childrens Hospital Watch Harrisons story