All hospitals work on budgets and there are always pieces of equipment that are on a “wish list” but are not within the main budget.
Every year The Guild of Friends asks staff at Bristol Children’s Hospital what equipment is needed to assist in the care and general wellbeing of young patients. In 2011, the Guild of Friends were asked to donate £18,000 towards a prosthetic mannequin baby able to simulate a wide variety of childhood ailments via a computer. This was the first time that such a mannequin had been available to the medical staff and they were delighted to receive the donation. It reinforces Bristol’s place as an internationally recognised research establishment for childhood illnesses thus providing vital training to enable staff to recognise life threatening symptoms at early stages.