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25 September 2018

Bristol Royal Hospital for Children dresses up in its third annual Conversations event

From 24-28 September, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children is celebrating its annual Conversations event.

The event, kindly supported by the children's hospital charity The Grand Appeal, will host a variety of fun activities throughout the week, all of which encourage patients, visitors and staff to talk about their experiences and stories of the hospital, so the Trust can develop and improve services and communication.

One of the most enjoyed (and very competitive) activities is the fancy dress competition, where each team in the hospital dresses up according to a chosen theme.

This year's dress-up theme is our new children's hospital ward location names which were announced earlier this year, so teams will be dressing up to reflect their new theme, so look out for the Greatest Showman on Carousel Outpatients and pirates and sailors taking over our Lighthouse Ward. You might even find a unicorn in reception.

The judging will take place on Wednesday 26 September by a panel, which includes an ex-patient, a parent representative and a representative from The Grand Appeal.

In the lead up to the week, staff, patients and visitors have been nominating colleagues in the children's hospital for a staff award, recognising those that go above and beyond for patients or their colleagues. The winners will be announced at a tea party on Thursday, and will receive a limited edition Gromit Figurine, courtesy of The Grand Appeal. 

Bryony Strachan, clinical chair for women's and children's services, said: "We are very excited to be celebrating our third Conversations at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children. It's important to recognise for everyone to have their say about ways in which conversations should be held between staff, patients and visitors. We hear some really great ideas about getting it better for patients and their families and our staff. 

"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 partner The Grand Appeal for their support with the event and to all those staff involved in its planning."

You can follow the events and activities on the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children Facebook page and UH Bristol Twitter page (@UHBristolNHS), following #Conversations