Final patients leave Frenchay Hospital

Friday, 23 May 2014

The final inpatients have left Frenchay Hospital.

After almost 100 years of providing care most services have now moved out of the North Bristol NHS Trust hospital.

The final patients were moved across from Frenchay to the new Brunel building at Southmead Hospital Bristol on Thursday.

Among the last wards to make the move was ward 207.

Senior staff nurse on the ward, Cheryl Durbin, worked at Frenchay for 15 years on and off.

“We have all been looking forward to the move but were sad to leave the ward,” she said.

A total of 28 patients from the general medical ward were moved across to new rooms in the Brunel building on Thursday.

They included Elaine Tonkin who had spent ten days in Frenchay prior to the move.

“Frenchay has always been here if any of the children were injured when they were small and I have been an outpatient and an inpatient here so it is very strange to know it is not going to be here any more,” she said.

“I know it is just moving a few miles up the road and all the reports I’ve had are that it’s a marvellous place.

“A new hospital was needed.”

The moves from Frenchay to Southmead Hospital started with the transfer of the intensive care unit last weekend when 19 patients were transported by the RAF’s large ambulance vehicle, which is known as a jumbulance. Frenchay A&E followed in the early hours of Monday morning and then the remainder of patients were moved across by South Western Ambulance Service between Monday morning and Thursday afternoon.

While inpatients have moved from the main Frenchay Hospital some services will remain on the site.

The cleft lip/ palate unit, wheelchair services, Bristol Communication Aids Service, Hand Centre, Laser Centre and the Oral Clinic will remain on the Frenchay site will leave the site between June and December 2014 along with some trust administrative offices.

 The Head Injury Therapy Unit, Headway Bristol and Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit will remain on the site after 2015, along with some corporate members of staff.

For more information about the future of the Frenchay Hospital site visit