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Impact of philanthropy

Throughout its history the hospital has been dependent on charity often coming from surprising sources

One of the earliest donations was the Batheaston Vase, a large ornament brought from Italy to Batheaston by Sir John Miller, President of the Pauper Trust. The fashionable folk of Bath were asked to join a poetry competition and put their entries into the vase. Some of these poems were later sold for the benefit of the Pauper Trust and the first instalment of £10 arrived in 1776!

The commitment of philanthropists, both as personal supporters and on development groups, has, and will, have an extraordinary impact on our patients, families and staff including:

  • providing state-of-the-art medical equipment such as CT Scanners, Fluoroscopy Suite, Catheter Laboratory, Gamma CT Scanner, CT Simulator and millions of pounds worth of smaller equipment from incubators through to Ultrasound Scanners.
  • transforming the care of premature babies by providing funding to build an award winning new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The creation of the Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care placed the RUH Bath at the forefront of the development of neo-natal intensive care across the UK. After the building opened, a research team was set up to measure the effect of the new building on staff, parents, babies and the environment. Its results show the new building is quieter and more energy efficient. Staff spend more time in clinical rooms, parent and baby interaction has improved, and babies sleep 20% longer.
  • funding the Compassionate Companions Project, ensuring no one spends their final days alone and in an unfamiliar environment.
  • providing a £2m towards the creation of the RNHRD & Brownsword Therapies Centre. The new, purpose-built Centre is an outpatient centre providing treatment, care and education for patients to recover from episodes of illness or injury, or to manage their long-term condition.

Without philanthropy we simply couldn’t give every patient the extraordinary care they deserve. Your support really could make all the difference.

If you’d like more information, please contact the Major Gift team by emailing katie.burfitt@nhs.net or calling Katie on 01225 824592.