Each year, with your support our Charity pledges £100,000 towards the Patients' Fund

The Patients' Fund supports projects of all sizes across both hospitals that help to make patient life a little more like normal life. 

Hospital staff are invited to submit projects that they believe will enhance the lives of the patients they treat. Funds are then allocated to the projects deemed to have the biggest impact.

Why are these projects not funded by the NHS?

NHS funding does not cover many of these projects because they are not deemed to be “essential”. However, as many staff, patients and visitors testify, these projects are essential in a different way.

Projects supported by the fund have included:

  • iPads for young patients, to distract them during uncomfortable procedures. They can watch their favourite, age-appropriate tv programme to turn the experience into something more positive. 
  • Portable IV pumps, so patients on the urgent transplant list can remain active during their stay in hospital or walk around the grounds of Harefield Hospital.
  • Handheld fans, for patients who struggle with breathlessness and to keep them cool during the warmer months. 
  • Camp beds for parents, to enable them to sleep beside their child whilst being treated at our hospitals. 

Esmee's story

Esmee is four years old and has cystic fibrosis. She comes to Royal Brompton every six weeks for appointments.

She’s been using the iPad, provided by the Patients’ Fund, as a distraction during appointments. Esmee’s favourite programmes to watch are Tom and Jerry, and Masha and the Bear! Esmee’s Dad Darren explains:

The iPad provided by this fund really helps focus Esmee’s attention on something positive - it’s a great distraction for her.

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