An opportunity to see how Cossham will be refurbished
Wednesday, 18 March 2009
Members of the public will have their first opportunity to see the NHS’ plans to refurbish Cossham Hospital.
Designs for the refurbished hospital will be shared at a 'drop-in' session between 2.30pm and 8pm on Tuesday 31st March in the Recreation Hall at Cossham. Everyone is welcome.
“After years of planning this is an exciting time. We have spent years consulting and working with partners to agree what services the NHS will provide from Cossham. Now we are in the final phase which includes working with architects to see how we can transform the building and applying for planning permission,” said Penny Harris, Chief Executive of NHS South Gloucestershire.
Cossham Hospital, built in 1907, is a distinctive building with many features and NHS South Gloucestershire plans to repair these.
The tower, the gatehouse and the frontage will all be sensitively repaired and remain for future generations to enjoy. Architects’ plans show a one storey extension to the rear of the main hospital building to provide modern facilities for scanners and a second one storey extension to the rear of the “stable block” to provide a renal dialysis unit.
Penny Harris said, “NHS South Gloucestershire will apply for planning and listed building consent in April. This drop in session is an opportunity for interested members of the public to have a look at the plans and give us comments ahead of us submitting the plans to the Bristol City Council and the council carrying out its statutory consultation.”
Members of the public will also have an opportunity to find out more about how the NHS plans to continue providing clinical services while the builders are on site. To make this possible, the NHS will extend Henshaw House on the edge of the site to accommodate some services and some teams will temporarily move to the Vassalls Centre in Fishponds.
Cossham Hospital currently provides limited diagnostic and outpatient services but after the redevelopment, will deliver a new range of state-of-the-art healthcare which will include double the number of outpatient appointments, a new minor injuries service, X-Ray, ultrasound, MRI and CT scanning, double the number of physiotherapy appointments, other therapy services such as speech and language and audiology, a new renal dialysis satellite unit and the first stand-alone, midwife-led birthing centre in South Gloucestershire and Bristol.
The timeline is as follows:
Planning application submitted April 2009
Final NHS approval September 2009
Enabling works start November 2009
Main contractor starts January 2010
Main hospital re-opens September 2011