We know that bringing your child to hospital can be a difficult
time. All of our staff will offer their help and support to
make it as easy as possible. Please read on for more
information about the facilities for parents and visitors.
If you cannot find what you are looking for, please
contact the Family Information Room on 0117 342 8065
Each of our hospital beds has a drop down bed for one
parent to stay overnight with the exception of the intensive care
unit and our short stay surgery ward. We have limited family
accommodation but are happy to provide advice regarding hotels and
guest houses in the local area.
Transport and parking
Car parking within the hospital precinct has been affected by
the current building work. There is some parking outside of
the children's hospital, though this is very limited. The closest
hospital pay and display spaces are at the Bristol Haematology
& Oncology Centre and St Michael's Hospital. Parking permits to
reduce the cost are available for families staying overnight.
There are roadside parking meters and Trenchard Street NCP is also
close to the main entrance. Families parking at Cabot Circus
can catch a free shuttle bus during normal hours. Please take
care when parking as all spaces are patrolled regularly. If you
have any queries or concerns about parking, please contact the
LIAISE team on 0117 342 8065 or 0117 342 8158 or email
Families receiving an income related benefit may be able
to claim back some of their costs. Please ask the ward for
Food for patients is provided and there are legal restrictions
on bringing in food for patients. Please see the food folder at
every bedside for more information.
Food for parents can be obtained from the Bistro in
the BRI Old Building, or the RVS cafe in the main reception. Each
long stay ward also has access to a parent's kitchen where parents
are welcome to prepare their own food. Hot drinks are generally not
allowed on the wards for your child's safety.
Facilities for parents
Each long stay ward has access to a shower room and toilet for
parents to use. Linen is also provided for drop down beds. Please
ask ward staff to show you the facilities on your ward.
Parents and carers are welcome to stay with their child for as
long as they wish, although we ask for one adult only between
8pm and 8am, except in exceptional circumstances. Other
visitors are welcome but we ask for no more than two per bed at any
time. If you wish to bring siblings to visit,
please discuss this first with your named nurse.
There are a range of services which will support the clinical
care of your child and also services which will help support you
with the experience of being in hospital. Please click here for more
information about some of those services.
We welcome breastfeeding mothers. There is a breastfeeding
room on level 2 if you would prefer more privacy.
Still not found what you're looking for - download our Hospital Welcome
Booklet or contact the Family Information Room on 0117 342
8065 or email firstname.lastname@example.org