Brunel building at Southmead Hospital Bristol – six months to go

Six months to opening of the new Brunel Building

The six-month countdown to the opening of the new Brunel building at Southmead Hospital Bristol has begun.

By May 28 2014 the new hospital at Southmead will be fully open.

North Bristol NHS Trust takes ownership of the building from the developers, Carillion, in March 2014. The first patients will be moved into the state-of-the-art new building in mid-May next year with all other patients, teams and departments moving across during the following two weeks.

Andrea Young, Chief Executive of North Bristol NHS Trust, said: “28 May 2014, marks a new beginning for Southmead Hospital Bristol. For the first time together on one site, our services will be delivering exceptional healthcare for our local residents and for those patients travelling from further afield to visit one our regional centres of excellence, such as neurosurgery.

“In the Brunel building, the region will have one of Europe’s leading hospitals and with the redevelopment of the maternity and breast care centre buildings, Southmead Hospital Bristol will truly have first class services treating patients in facilities that reflect a modern healthcare system.”

The building work is progressing on time and some of the latest developments include:

  • The near completion of the Emergency Department
  • Glass being added to the front entrance and drop off area being paved
  • The ward areas and the majority of the outpatient departments are now complete
  • The flooring has been finished in the atrium and the winter gardens are now in place
  • The near completion of theatres and adjoining medi-rooms.

Some of the main benefits of the Brunel building include:

  • Greater privacy and dignity for patients with 75 per cent of beds in single rooms with en-suite toilet and shower rooms
  • 25 per cent of beds in four-bed bays
  • Improved transport links that include bus stops at the main entrance
  • All medical services and expertise under one roof.

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Southmead Hospital Bristol

The Brunel building is now fully open.