From medical equipment to iPads, specialist wheelchairs to plastic bins that don’t go bang in the night, the Patients’ Fund aims to make a real difference to patients' lives

Each year, hospital staff are invited to submit projects that they believe will enhance the lives of the patients they serve. Funds are then allocated to those projects that are likely to have the biggest impact.

Why are these projects not funded by the NHS?

NHS funding does not stretch to cover many of these projects because they are not deemed to be “essential”. However, as many staff, patients and visitors can testify, these projects are essential in a different way, as they improve the wellbeing of so many people. In turn, this improves recovery times and reduces stress and anxiety for patients. 

How much is the fund?

The Charity aims to fundraise £100,000 a year to the Patient’s Fund. It has led to many improvements, some of which are listed below.

What are some of the recent projects the fund has helped to achieve?

  • Privacy screens for patients in our who are waiting to be returned to their ward, to ensure dignity at all times
  • Specialist exercise equipment for intensive care patients with limited mobility
  • Handheld fans for patients who struggle with breathlessness
  • A ceiling light dreamscape for disoriented patients waking up in intensive care

What are some of the projects the fund will help to achieve this year?

  • Privacy screens for patients in our who are waiting to be returned to their ward, to ensure dignity at all times
  • Specialist exercise equipment for intensive care patients with limited mobility
  • Handheld fans for patients who struggle with breathlessness
  • A ceiling light dreamscape for disoriented patients waking up in intensive care

Creating a welcoming space for parents of critically ill children

Few things in life compare to the worry of watching helplessly as your child fights for their life. Yet, this is the reality for the parents of around 500 critically ill children who are cared for on Royal Brompton Hospital’s Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) every year. For parents, time spent on the PICU can be very worrying. 

While staff on the unit are endlessly praised by patients’ parents for their excellent care, the reception area of the ward, known as the PICU Hub, has been described by visitors as “unwelcoming” and “intimidating”.

We are determined to change this. So, as part of the Patients’ Fund, we're raising money to transform the current hub into a more welcoming space.

Please help us fund these life-enhancing projects – your small change can make a big change to a patient