The Bristol Royal Hospital for Children (BRHC) provides a local service for Bristol children and a referral service for specialist care for families across the South West and nationally. The current building opened on the 22 April 2001 and was the first purpose-built children’s hospital in the South West. In April 2007, a further ward was opened to accommodate children’s services from Southmead, with the long-term aim of centralising all hospital services for children in Bristol at one centre of excellence.
The Commissioned for Bristol Royal Hospital for Children which re-opened in 2001 in a new building Lollypop-Be-bop is an 18 metre high interactive sculpture with fibre optics by artist Andrew Smith. The work is sited outside the main entrance providing a welcoming and and fun face to nervous children.
The work is interactive, and on leaving an interior lift visitors can find a shiny stainless steel console with buttons corresponding to a coloured ring of the lollipop sculpture outside the Hospital. Press any button to hear music and sounds created by children during a music technology course led by musician Phil King.