200 People tour Brunel building

Monday, 28 April 2014

More than 200 people took the opportunity to tour the new Brunel building at Southmead Hospital Bristol.

Members of the public and foundation trust members were given the chance to register for the chance to take a look inside the new building ahead of patients moving in next month.

During the tours on Saturday visitors were shown the Brunel building’s stunning atrium and the 280m long concourse that runs through it.

Members of North Bristol NHS Trust’s move team – which is leading the move of patients and staff into the new hospital – talked people through the process of arriving at the new hospital and booking in for appointments through new check-in kiosks and showed them the outpatient areas.

The tour then took in the new ward areas and the single rooms that 75 per cent of patients will benefit from and the four-bedded ward bays.

People were shown the hospital’s new medirooms, where patients will be taken before surgery and for recovery after their operations and got the chance to meet the robotic automated guided vehicles (AGVs) which will be used to carry waste, linen and drugs around the Brunel building.

Visitors were also shown the emergency department before being led back along the main concourse and through the three atria to the main hospital entrance.

John Miles, a volunteer in the Avon Orthopaedic Centre was among the people on the tour.

He said: “The space and light is the most impressive thing. There is a lovely clean feel about everything, that is what impressed me coming through that fantastic entrance.”

Remona Jenkins, a volunteer befriender, also attended.

“I think it’s very impressive,” she said.

“As I live quite close I also have an interest as a resident so it is nice to see inside.”

Karen Jones, another visitor to the Brunel building, said: “It’s brilliant. I like the softness of it and it will make a big difference for people.

“I like the single rooms and the way you won’t have to be brought up through the corridors with people walking along jostling past you. It is good to have your own toilets and your own space, which will make you feel better.

“I am really amazed  and I think it is fantastic.”

Jill Cownie, who moved from Derby to Westbury-on-Trym 18 months ago said she has been watching the building with interest since relocating to Bristol.

“To get inside was a real treat without being a patient,” she said.

“I think the use of technology is fascinating.”

The first patients will start moving into the new hospital on the week of May 12.

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