Healthcare in Bristol and the surrounding areas is changing. At the heart of these changes will be a brand-new, state-of-the-art Hospital at Southmead, Bristol.
We are working with Carillion on the £430million project which will offer patients the very best state-of-the-art hospital facilities when the doors open in 2014.
The hospital will see the end of traditional wards. The 800-bed hospital will have single rooms with en-suite facilities and single-sex four-bed wards offering more single rooms than any other NHS hospital in the country, greatly improving privacy and dignity and helping to control the spread of infections.
There will be 2,700 parking spaces on site. Public transport links to the hospital will be greatly improved, making it easier for patients, visitors and staff to leave their cars at home.
The design and layout of the new hospital means that patients and visitors will find it very easy to navigate. There will be one main entrance and relevant departments will be located next to each other, cutting down on travel times around the site.
The hospital will be one of the most environmentally-friendly buildings in the country and be bright and airy with outside views.
Centralising services onto one hospital site will also benefit clinical staff and save hours of their time currently wasted as they travel between sites.
Care for the most seriously-ill patients will be improved with more intensive care and high-dependency beds. The state-of-the-art emergency department will have its own entrance - greatly improving access for ambulances. There will also be a helipad with a link straight into the Emergency department.
Building the hospital
Did you know 46,000 m3 of concrete and 7,000 tonnes structural steel will be used to build the new hospital?
32 bed units
Did you know each 32 bed unit comprises of 24 single rooms and 2 4-bed bays? The 4 bed bays allow for some additional flexibility with either more acute patients or those needing more social interaction.
Did you know each single room is 16.6sqm in floor area? The ensuite bathroom is 5.3sqm. 75% of all rooms will be single occupancy.