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“I’ve never jumped out of a plane before!” 🛩 This is Steve who is one of our porters and drivers. His usual day-to-day i...
17/07/2020

“I’ve never jumped out of a plane before!” 🛩

This is Steve who is one of our porters and drivers. His usual day-to-day is spent driving babies and their families from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in St Michael’s Hospital to Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, as well as supporting with other porter duties in both hospitals.

This weekend Steve will be doing something a little different – a skydive!

Steve has decided to jump out of a plane to raise money for Cots for Tots – Wallace & Gromit's Grand Appeal's dedicated NICU charity that supports special care babies in St Michael’s Hospital and provides accommodation for parents who need to stay close by.

Having worked in our hospitals for 6 years now, Steve has got to know many families as they go from NICU, to our children’s wards, right up to that moment they can go home. He’s an integral part of the devoted team that provide care and support to our patients and families on their hospital journey.

Steve added:

“All of the NICU and children’s hospital staff are amazing. I’m a small cog in the big wheel that keeps them running and I’m really happy to be part of the team. I can see how the charity supports families, which is why I wanted to give back to support those families that I meet so often."

“I am pretty nervous, but excited for the skydive!”

Good luck Steve!

If you’d like to support Steve and his fundraising skydive, you can do so here
👉 https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/steve-friend

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust

Did you know it's World Emoji Day today? 🌍😁🥳For a little bit of fun this Friday, we have an emoji quiz for you! Here are...
17/07/2020

Did you know it's World Emoji Day today? 🌍😁🥳

For a little bit of fun this Friday, we have an emoji quiz for you! Here are some of our wards and departments in emoji form, can you name them? 🤔

Comment below if you know the answers! 👇

#WorldEmojiDay #FridayFun

16/07/2020
New children's Mobile Allergy Clinic launched

We have launched an innovative new service to overcome some of the pressure the coronavirus pandemic has put on day-to-day services - the Mobile Allergy Clinic (MAC).

The new mobile treatment centre will provide 30-minute allergy testing appointments to children, offering a quick and easy alternative to those who otherwise would need to visit the hospital.

It has been established in partnership with Wallace & Gromit's Grand Appeal and will not only provide an efficient service for those who have been waiting for a test during lockdown, but will quickly be able to help the hospital resume the level of service offered prior to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The service will run for a 10-week period offering 30-minute consultations between 9am-5pm to begin with. The clinic will be hosted by The Mall at Cribbs Causeway and Ashton Gate Stadium on alternate weeks.

The new clinic helps to offer a COVID-secure environment as patients can remain in their cars as they wait to be seen, whilst the surfaces of the mobile clinic can also be cleaned between appointments.

To ensure the clinic offers a friendly environment for the young patients, a naughty Feathers MrGraw will be hiding with the mobile clinic and Aardman films will be played on repeat!

Watch our video with Deb, consultant nurse for allergy and asthma, to see how an appointment will run on the Mobile Allergy Clinic 👇🎥

To find out more visit our webpage 👉 https://www.uhbw.nhs.uk/p/latest-news/hospital-launches-new-mobile-service-for-children

15/07/2020
Aishah's #MyCovid19Pledge

Aishah is one of our Youth Involvement Group members and UHBW Young Governors.

This is her video for the #mycovid19pledge campaign. This is a new campaign launched by the NHS England Youth Forum, The #iwill campaign ambassadors and youth members of the children's and young peoples’ transformation board. Let’s find out more from Aishah! 👇

“It's not hidden that the current times have been challenging, however this has not stopped young people from volunteering, taking up jobs as key workers, caring for friends and family and spreading encouraging messages online.”

“We are asking you to get involved by sharing your #mycovid19pledge. That could be anything from being in bed before midnight, to messaging a friend or continuing to keep safe. By sharing your pledge, we can highlight the role that all young people are playing in this crisis and give young people a space to support others and to share how they're using their time.”

“This campaign is running across multiple social media platforms, including Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to encourage young people to share what they've been doing. To take part simply record a video, take a picture or tweet your pledge! Make sure to use the hashtag #mycovid19pledge so we can see your pledge.”

“Alongside this campaign that's been launched, another brilliant initiative is the 'Power of Youth' microsite. This microsite has been created by young people from organisations such as #iwill, NHS England Youth Forum, the Scouts community and representatives from The Duke of Edinburgh's Award. Everyone has come together and curated information to help support, provide opportunities and celebrate the work of every young person during this global pandemic.”

Find out more here 👉 http://powerofyouth.iwill.org.uk/

#MyCovid19Pledge #PowerOfYouth

Patients on our Caterpillar Ward can now enjoy a fantastic, new portable DVD player during their stay! 💻Thank you to fun...
14/07/2020

Patients on our Caterpillar Ward can now enjoy a fantastic, new portable DVD player during their stay! 💻

Thank you to fundraiser Jacqui and the Wallace & Gromit's Grand Appeal for providing this for the ward. Find out more 👇

“With visitors still restricted at Bristol Children’s Hospital, patients are relying on technology for entertainment more than ever. After working on Caterpillar Ward, I wanted to make sure each of the patients had their own DVD player.”

Superstar Jacqui’s own experiences working as a children’s nurse at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children kick-started her fundraising journey. She has raised an amazing £1,600 to fund new portable DVD players for patients on Caterpillar Ward. 💻

Caterpillar Ward cares for children with lots of different illnesses and conditions, and thanks to Jacqui each of them will now have their own DVD player. This project is one of many funded by our family of fundraisers and its thanks to your support we can still ensure Bristol Children’s Hospital has the very best facilities. ❤️❤️

An update about works on the main entrance of the Bristol Royal Infirmary (BRI) for those that need to access it ⬇️The W...
13/07/2020

An update about works on the main entrance of the Bristol Royal Infirmary (BRI) for those that need to access it ⬇️

The Welcome Centre reception, waiting area and other amenities inside the BRI will be unaffected by the temporary closure of the entrance.

The work is due to be completed by Friday 20 November 2020.

Work starts today (Monday 13 July) on the refurbishment of the main entrance to the Bristol Royal Infirmary (BRI).

The work will see the existing automated doors removed and replaced by a new revolving door and side entrance.

Whilst the work is under way the main entrance to the Welcome Centre will be temporarily closed and well sign-posted diversions will be in place to a nearby entrance to the hospital.

The Welcome Centre reception and waiting area will be unaffected by the temporary closure of the entrance.

The work is due to be completed by Friday 20 November 2020.

10/07/2020

Share the love this weekend by making your own origami heart ❤️

That's right, origami with Alex is back!

Our talented activity centre coordinator is continuing his mission to get hospital patients and children (and adults!) to discover the wonders and benefits of origami with his tutorials.

Give the origami heart a try this weekend. Share it with a family member, a loved one, a friend, or perhaps continue the NHS birthday celebrations with us and share it as a thank you to an NHS staff member! 💙

Follow Alex on Instagram (@ToscaOrigami) or you can find more of his tutorials on the University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust YouTube channel here
👉 https://bit.ly/3fcEzYf

#OrigamiWithAlex #OrigamiHeart #NHSLove

Wallace & Gromit's Grand Appeal

Here at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children we have a Care of Childhood Obesity (COCO) team. The COCO team is made up of...
10/07/2020

Here at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children we have a Care of Childhood Obesity (COCO) team. The COCO team is made up of consultants, dietitians, a clinical psychologist, a specialist nurse and a social worker.

The team help families review their current lifestyles and make changes especially around diet and activity to support transition to a healthier weight.

Earlier this year, our COCO team featured in a documentary on Channel 4: “100 Kilo Kids: Obesity SOS”. Pictured 📸you can see some of the team who were involved in the programme.

The documentary highlights the role of our specialist childhood weight management staff and how the multidisciplinary team work together to support families and care for patients under their service.

This documentary is available on All 4 here
👉 www.channel4.com/programmes/100-kilo-kids-obesity-sos

For more information and tips on healthy eating and activity ideas for children, take a look at the previous posts on our page.

(Archive image)

#ChildhoodObesityWeek2020 #COCOTeam #HealthyLiving

09/07/2020
#ThankyouThursday #NHS72

This #ThankyouThursday we're still celebrating and sharing our thanks for the NHS' birthday! 🥳

On Sunday the NHS turned 72. A big thanks to to everyone who shared or commented a message of thanks and support to our hospital and the NHS!

#ThankYou #NHS72

This week is National Childhood Obesity week. Yesterday we shared some advice around healthy eating (which you can find ...
09/07/2020

This week is National Childhood Obesity week. Yesterday we shared some advice around healthy eating (which you can find here 👉 https://bit.ly/3gDLWIj)

Today we’re focussing on keeping active! 🤸‍♀️🚴‍♂️

It is important to keep active from a young age; it can help to reduce the risk of developing major illness and long-term conditions, improve self-esteem, mood, sleep and concentration and reduce stress.

Children over 5 should aim to do at least 60 minutes of activity every day. We understand that this has been difficult in the last few months because of the restrictions we have faced with coronavirus, but here are some ideas to help get you back on track!

🔹 Go for a walk and keep it fun – try playing eye spy or a game of nature bingo as you go.

🔹 Try going on a family bike ride.

🔹 Make your own circuit routine using trampolines, a skipping rope, or fun exercise moves such as star jumps.

🔹 Try some online indoor activities. There are 10 minute work outs or longer, try out what suits you and your timings:

- www.thisgirlcan.co.uk/activities/disney-workouts/
- www.nhs.uk/change4life/activities
- www.nhs.uk/oneyou/for-your-body/move-more/home-workout-videos/

🔹 Lots of you may have heard of PE with Joe (The Body Coach), did you join in throughout lockdown? There are lots of other workouts of varying length available, give them a try 👉 https://bit.ly/38Hf0f5

Remember you don’t have to do the full 60 minutes in one go, it can be broken down into smaller bursts of activity.

You can also use sticker charts for children to earn a reward. This can help with the motivation for younger ones to achieve their 60 minutes each day, but we recommend to avoid using food as the reward.

#ChildhoodObesityWeek2020 #KeepActive

To mark national childhood obesity week we've teamed up with our dietitians who are today sharing their top tips on heal...
08/07/2020

To mark national childhood obesity week we've teamed up with our dietitians who are today sharing their top tips on healthy eating! 🍽

Pictured you can see Shelley and Anna with their food plate board. This helps them explain to children and families about healthy meals and different food groups.

Check out their top tips:

▪️Keep snacks to twice a day and under 100 calories each. Take a look at the Change4Life website for lots of handy ideas 👉 www.nhs.uk/change4life/food-facts/healthier-snacks-for-kids.

▪️Choose sugar free drinks.

▪️The main meal of the day should contain vegetables or salad every day. At least one third of the plate should be covered in this food group or left empty if your child refuses to eat this food group and you’re worried about waste.

▪️Try using non-food items as treats or rewards, e.g story time, play time.

▪️Choose higher fibre breads and cereals, as fibre helps to keep you feeling full.

▪️Having an ice lolly when it’s hot can be tempting, but you can avoid the sugar by making your own using sugar free squash or sugar free fizzy drinks.

▪️You could try making your own tasty ‘fake-away’s’, which could save money and calories. Here are some example recipes:

🍟 www.nhs.uk/change4life/recipes/good-old-fish-n-chips
🍔 www.nhs.uk/change4life/recipes/turkey-burgers-in-buns
🍕 www.wcrf-uk.org/uk/recipes/tortilla-pizza

For the rest of this week we will share more information and tips so keep an eye on our page 👀 for more!

#ChildhoodObesityWeek2020 #HealthyEating #HealthyLiving

07/07/2020
Music therapy helps Louis with his heart operation.

Earlier today we shared a little bit about Louis, his cardiac journey and his connection with music therapy. 🎵 ❤️

16 year old Louis had his open heart surgery postponed twice due to his high anxiety about the procedure.

Our cardiac team knew that music and playing brass was an important part of Louis’ life. So, Wallace & Gromit's Grand Appeal music therapist Claire wanted to explore this to help reduce his anxieties towards the operation.

In the year leading up to his surgery, Louis visited our hospital with his Mum Sharon each month. Louis had music therapy sessions with Claire - playing duets together and talking about how music may help his anxiety. Whilst his Mum had meetings with our psychologists to support Louis at home.

When the day of Louis’ procedure came around last year, he and Claire played their brass instruments together both before and after his preoperative medication.

Claire, who used to be a professional horn player, added:

“Music therapy is an effective way of processing difficult emotions surrounding diagnosis and treatment pathways without having to use words, which can sometimes be challenging.”

With the support of Claire’s dedicated music therapy and the combined efforts of our psychologists and the cardiac medical team, Louis successfully had his heart surgery and a bright future lies ahead of him.

Watch our film for more about Louis’ journey and to hear his duet with Claire on his new euphonium - which he bought with a bursary he was granted for being an outstanding musician! 🎺🎶

In the South Wales and South West Congenital Heart Disease Network newsletter you can also find the full article, written by Claire, and more CHD news 👉 https://www.swswchd.co.uk/en/wall
Or to follow them on Twitter 👉 https://twitter.com/chdnetworkswsw

(Filmed in February 2020)

#PowerOfMusicTherapy #CardiacSurgery #CHDJourney

This is sixteen year old Louis with dedicated Wallace & Gromit's Grand Appeal music therapist Claire 🎶.Louis was born wi...
07/07/2020

This is sixteen year old Louis with dedicated Wallace & Gromit's Grand Appeal music therapist Claire 🎶.

Louis was born with congenital heart disease (CHD) and has faced lots of difficulties going ahead with his open heart surgery because of his high anxieties towards the procedure.

Our cardiac team and music therapist Claire came up with an excellent and musical approach to help brass player Louis, calm his anxieties and prepare him for his surgery last year.

Keep your eyes on our page later today to find out more about Louis’, his cardiac surgery and the anxiety reducing journey he had with music therapy. We will be sharing a film of Louis talking about his experiences and a performance of Louis and Claire’s brilliant musical talents as they perform a well-known piece together 🎺.

(Archive image).

#PowerOfMusicTherapy #CardiacSurgery #CHDJourney

What a wonderful display! 🌈 👇Thank you to you all for your kind words and thank you to Wallace & Gromit's Grand Appeal f...
05/07/2020

What a wonderful display! 🌈 👇

Thank you to you all for your kind words and thank you to Wallace & Gromit's Grand Appeal for the continued support throughout these trying times.

#ThankyouTogether #NHSBirthday #NHS72

05/07/2020
Happy 72nd birthday NHS

A message from some of our play team and Wallace & Gromit's Grand Appeal's sensory play practitioner:

Happy birthday to the NHS! 🥳🎊🎉

A continued thanks to all of our dedicated staff, key workers and the public.

Join us in a thank you together by taking part in the nationwide clap at 5pm this evening (Sunday 5th July).

#NHSBirthday #ThankyouTogether

05/07/2020
Happy Birthday NHS 🥳

Happy birthday to the NHS! 🎊🎉 🥳

The #NHSBirthday this year is all about a thank you to everyone — without whom the NHS wouldn’t have been able to respond to coronavirus.

To our outstanding and dedicated staff here at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, staff across UHBW, the NHS and all of the key workers who have kept us going in challenging times.

Here are just few of our staff members sharing their thank yous!

Today is a moment for everyone to reflect on everything our communities have recently endured, stand in solidarity to mourn our losses, and thank those who are risking so much to keep us safe.

Join us at 5pm today (Sunday 5th July) for a country-wide clap to say thank you, together 👏.

Share your thank yous with us by commenting below 👇

#NHSBirthday #ThankYouTogether #72ndAnniversary

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust
04/07/2020

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust

This Sunday is the #NHSBirthday! 🎉

This year it's all about saying thank you to everyone — without whom the NHS wouldn’t have been able to respond to coronavirus. Join the nation at 5pm on the 5 July for a country-wide #ThankYouTogether round of applause. 👏👏👏

If you’re taking part, we’d love to see your photos and videos! So don’t forget to tag us or send us a message. 📸

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December 9th 2020 will be 40yrs years that my baby Son Mark Anthony Davy passed at this hospital after being born at Musgrove Park Hospital with HPLH (half a heart). He was transported by blue light to Bristol Sick Children’s Hospital at one day old he lived 4 short days but the impact of losing my Son has lasted a life time for me. I want to do something special this year in his name for the hospital. If anyone can guide me on who to speak to or what I can do. Thank you. Mark’s MUMMY ###
Thankyou to the BCH wards for looking after Archie slater and to Lotty Jones and team in theatres your all stars x
I I wanna say a massive thank you and happy 72nd birthday NHS without out you I wouldn't have my crazy four year old son so from the bottom of my heart THANK YOU SO MUCH #########
We just had a 7 night stay on Caterpillar ward. Here is Cameron blind and partially deaf enjoying Alex playing the guitar, along with using the swing in the sensory garden it was the hightlight of our week.
Today is a HUGE ! Thankyou day to Mr Parry and his team . We have made it to year 9 ! On this day nine years ago he took Lily , then age 12 days old into theatre and repaired her interrupted aortic arch with VSD of her heart , not knowing if it would even work .... and it did ! ..... shes battled through that and di george syndrome and cerebral palsy and will continue to do so 😁 Many Thanks !!! ###x
www.facebook.com/CheekyCreationsUK/ My daughter, Ella was born in October 2019 and spent 9 weeks in St Michael's NICU, Bristol. She is now 7 months old and will have a NG tube for a while longer. Ella has inspired me to create these colourful designs to brighten up the medical tape on her little face, and I personally know how many other families could also benefit from this. If you're in a similar situation, with your baby / child having a NG / NJ or oxygen tube that needs holding in place, please feel free to have a look at my new online shop where you will find the full range of designs available: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/CheekyCreationsUK?listing_id=800231592&ref=shop_overview_header#items Thank you so much, Leah x
#depression Feeling low, lacking in motivation, tearful, alone and sad? Talk to one of our Counsellors who can help you to start feeling better £25 per session www.therapycentreservices.com/selfreferral https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XiCrniLQGYc
Not sure if this is allowed and understand if not but I’d just like to share this with you all. My 12tear old son has just done a fund raiser. He has just raised £309 by doing a Sleep Out in his trampoline last night. He wanted to help you all keep the children safe. Many Thanks for all your hard work now in this horrid Covid-19 scare hanging over us and for ever. 💙💚🌈
Cant thank the staff in theatre and all involved in my sons operation, also all the staff on Dolphin Ward and PICU. You have all worked incredibly and given my son and myself excellent care. It's been a rollercoaster and even though due to the current situation I was here alone I never felt alone. After just 9 days post OHS Mackenzie will again be being discharged and making his way back to cornwall. A thank you doesn't seem enough. Stay Safe and keep up the amazing work. In the nicest possible way I hope we dont see you again. So it's a great well from both Me and Mackenzie.
Cameron which is all the staff at children's hospital all the best keep safe
We didn't even know if you would make the journey to St Michaels NICU from GWH, it's been a tough year, 7 months spent in hospital which was the hardest thing ever, but we were cared for better than we could have asked for, and you have exceeded everyone's expectations! And we are now celebrating your 1st birthday 💙 not as we had hoped but we will when we can. Harry James Mallows you are amazing 💙 and thank you everyone who has been a part of our journey and fixed this little man 💙