A chance to shape local urology services

Friday, 30 September 2011

Date: Wednesday 5th October 2011
Time: 10.00am – 12pm
Venue: The Vassall Centre, Gill Avenue, Fishponds, Bristol, BS16 2QQ

Services for urology – those covering the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the kidneys, bladder, prostate and male reproductive organs – are changing in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

Clinicians and patients have been involved in proposals to create a centre of excellence by locating all hospital urology inpatient services across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire at the new hospital at Southmead.

The majority of these services are already provided at Southmead Hospital and by transferring over those currently delivered at the Bristol Royal Infirmary we aim to improve the quality and efficiency of the care provided.

The services at Weston General hospital will not be affected by these changes.

Patients can currently attend outpatient appointments at locations across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire and as part of this project these will be reviewed to make sure each location is capable of offering the right quality of service for patients.

On Wednesday October 5 at the Vassal centre in Fishponds, members of the public and any interested groups are invited to meet representatives from the urology team who will be on hand to explain the proposed changes and answer all questions on the new services.

Richard Smale, programme director said: "The proposed changes to urology services give us an opportunity to bring together the clinical expertise in Bristol and establish a service capable of providing the very best care for patients.

"The plan to transfer all urology surgery and inpatient care to Southmead Hospital combined with a review of the current outpatient services will mean that urology patients will have access to the best clinicians and medical equipment at a range of suitable locations across the region."

The open event will take place at the Vassall Centre in Fishponds from 10am until midday.

David Gillatt, lead urologist at North Bristol NHS Trust, who run Southmead Hospital, said: "We believe that these proposals will mean that expert urological services for Bristol are all under one roof leading to better and quicker treatment for patients, this open event is important for us to get vital input from local communities into these plans."

For more information about the event or to book your place, please contact Larissa Moffatt on email Larissa.moffatt@nbt.nhs.uk