The Bristol paediatric ECMC is based at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children (BRHC) located in central Bristol. The hospital, a dedicated Children’s hospital, was first opened on the 22 April 2001 and was the first purpose-built children's hospital in the South West.
Our patients come from all across the South West of England and have their initial diagnosis and treatment plans made in Bristol before, where possible, returning to our excellent network of shared care centres for ongoing treatment. Children under 16 years are treated at BRHC; 16-24 year olds are treated at the Teenage and Young Adult Unit, Area 61, at the Bristol Oncology and Haematology Centre.
There is an established infrastructure for running early phase clinical trials and we have successfully recruited patients to ITCC phase I/II covering Haematology, solid tumour, and brain tumour trials.
Our research nursing team are very active in the management of these trials and operate a “key worker” system for the patients recruited. Our nurses also lead on tissue banking for both leukaemia and solid tumour patients and aim to recruit every patient diagnosed with cancer in which ever form to one of the national banks.
Organisations affiliated with Bristol ECMC include: