The history of the Bristol Royal Hospital for Sick Children can be traced back to 1866. The building on St Michaels Hill was opened in 1885 and gained ‘Royal’ status by Queen Victoria in 1897.  By the end of the 1980’s it became apparent that the current site had become dated and too small to serve an ever increasing City.  Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal helped raise over £12m towards funding a new site adjacent to the Bristol Royal Infirmary and opened in April 2001.  With the opening of the new site the older building slowly transferred all its services across and the buildings have been sold to Bristol University.  A small unit to the west of the site remains in use.


  • Sienna Jenkinson, July 16, 2020 @ 21:46

    My Mum was a nurse from 1961 to 1968 ish at Bristol Children hospital her name was Elizabeth Newport

  • Dean gardner, April 27, 2020 @ 19:14

    My sister was at this hospital late 70s until early 80s I was only 4 but can still remember her doctor Tony Oakhill

  • Pauline Reynolds, June 2, 2019 @ 12:55

    Seeing these photos makes me very sad. I trained at the BCH 1970 set. worked in theatres for years and moved down to the new hospital continuing to work in theatres, about 33 years altogether I think.
    I loved the old hospital and could say that you got to know almost everyone that worked in it, a real cottage hospital feel.

  • AJS, March 29, 2018 @ 13:38

    does anyone know where I could find any pictures of Ward 38 it when it was a working hospital in the mid eighties?

  • A B, August 15, 2016 @ 14:24

    This building has recently opened back up, as part of the University.

  • Sue Wycherley, November 15, 2013 @ 21:09

    Meant to say BCH and remembered late passes and sister Gallegher on nights !

  • Sue Wycherley, November 15, 2013 @ 21:07

    I was in the September 67/71 set RMCH happy memories on ward 1 with sue white,my maiden name Riley. Wish I had not lost my hospital Badge
    Am still working more than 40 years later,
    Also happy memories of BRI
    hated nights 9 on 5 off

  • Julia Nolan, September 13, 2013 @ 10:52

    I trained RSCN/SRN 1974-78 and have very fond memories of the Hospital and of Bristol in general.
    Be nice to catch up with anyone who was around at that time.
    Still have connections with Bristol and may well move back again!

  • Ann Bovey (nee Capener), March 28, 2013 @ 21:38

    I trained RSCN and SRN 1960 1964 , Just feeling nostalgic (I live in Scotland now) looking for familiar places from training days… things and places that I THINK I remember. I was gold medallist (much to my surprise) . All the folk live on in my memory: Prof Neil, Sister Beazley, Matron Ellis and so on. Strange if the building is no longer there. Ah well… things change.
    God bless them all.

  • amanda hughes, October 27, 2012 @ 22:07

    i was a patient at bristol childrens hospital in 1993 i have a vague pic in my mind of what it looked like inside i would like to see if im right does anyone no where i might find ics of it as a wrking hospital i was on ward 36 and 32 i think thanks

  • Jane Ballard, June 12, 2012 @ 21:04

    I used to be a nurse at the bristol children`s hospital,st michael`s hill from 1981-1985.I worked on ward 37 baby unit & also the adjoining intensive care unit.Brought back memories seeing the cartoon characters on the glass panes,as I remember painting the cubicle windows with nursery rhyme characters.I painted humpty dumpty.Wonder if it`s still there amongst the rubble.

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