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13 September 2016

Bristol Royal Hospital for Children launches new event to get everyone talking

Bristol Royal Hospital for Children will launch a new event this week called Conversations.

Conversations is a new initiative being launched at Bristol children's hospital, 14-23 September 2016. The aim of the event is to encourage patients, visitors, Trust members and staff to talk about their experiences and stories of the hospital at sessions and events so the Trust can develop and improve services and communication.

A variety of events designed to get people talking is due to take place during Conversations, generously supported by the Trust's charity Above & Beyond. These include a garden fete, sponsored by Above & Beyond and The Grand Appeal, a children's hospital music video, a fancy dress competition and the children's hospital staff awards. And it's not just those at the children's hospital who can get involved. Interactive activities will be available to all on the Bristol children's hospital Facebook page and UH Bristol Twitter page, following #Conversations.

Bryony Strachan, clinical chair for women's and children's services, said: "We are very excited to launch Conversations at Bristol children's hospital. It is important everyone has their say about ways in which conversations should be held between staff, patients and visitors as well as giving feedback on how communication can be improved across the Trust.

"In the run up to this event, staff across the hospital have expressed great enthusiasm when planning activities for all to be involved. We hope everyone has fun taking part, but we also wish to learn a lot from these events.

"We would like to thank our charitable partners, Above & Beyond for funding Conversations and our staff awards, and The Grand Appeal for their support and funding of staff posts, including our music therapists involved in our new music video."

To officially launch the event, a music video made especially for Conversations filmed in the children's hospital with the staff choir, will go viral to everyone who has signed up to the children's hospital Thunderclap. People who wish to see the video can do so via the Trust website, social media and the main reception of the children's hospital on Wednesday 14 September.

Conversations concludes on Friday 23 September with the hospital's staff awards. Staff, patients and the general public were given the opportunity to nominate colleagues from the hospital, for an award ceremony which celebrates and recognises the hard efforts of those working at Bristol children's hospital.