Important changes to A&E services this weekend

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

At 2am on Monday, May 19 the Accident and Emergency Department at Frenchay Hospital will close its doors and move to the new department in the Brunel building at Southmead Hospital Bristol which will open simultaneously. 

The new A&E Department has its own access for ambulances via Dorian Road. There is also a helipad. The minor injuries department is based inside the unit, meaning that patients can be immediately directed to the right place for treatment.

Children’s A&E services moved to the Bristol Children’s Hospital earlier this month, however, children with minor injuries or illness can still be treated at Southmead.

Juliette Hughes, Emergency Department Matron, said: “We have a fabulous department that is designed to be fit for purpose. Having minor injuries based in the department will help considerably in terms of getting patients to the right place for the right treatment.”

Dr Kirsten Jones, Lead consultant for the Emergency Department, said: “We will all really miss the Frenchay department but it has been pieced together over the years so nothing is where you want it. The new department at Southmead has been designed to ensure everything is in the right place.”

From Monday, May 19:

  • In an emergency, dial 999. Adults should visit the A&E department in the Brunel building at Southmead Hospital Bristol. For seriously ill children, please continue to go to the Bristol Children’s Hospital
  • For adult and children’s minor injuries, please visit the minor injuries unit based with the A&E department at Southmead
  • If you are feeling unwell call NHS 111 for advice or contact your GP
  • There are also minor injuries unit based at Yate Westgate Centre and Clevedon Community Hospital. An urgent care centre is based at South Bristol NHS Community Hospital in Hengrove and there is an NHS walk-in centre above Boots in Broadmead (Bristol city centre). For more information about alternatives to using A&E visithttp://www.thinkABC.org.uk