New state-of-the-art buildings fully open at Southmead Hospital

Thursday, 15 July 2010

The new £45million Pathology Sciences and Learning & Research buildings at Southmead Hospital are now fully open.
They are the first major new buildings at the site and will eventually form part of the new hospital when it opens its doors in 2014.
The state-of-the-art facilities, that can be clearly seen from Monks Park Avenue, had to be built first in order to accommodate staff and services that were based in buildings that have now been demolished to make way for the building of the new hospital itself later this year.
Learning & Research houses North Bristol NHS Trust’s training, education and research departments.
The second floor of this building is occupied by University of Bristol staff. This houses new state of the art laboratories for internationally recognised work into diabetes, cancer, neonatal medicine, kidney, and lung disease. These purpose built facilities were designed with the aim of taking research from the laboratory bench to the bedside ultimately benefiting patients in the hospital.
In addition there is a 132-seat lecture theatre, a library that students can access 24-hours a day, training facilities and skills laboratories where clinical areas are realistically recreated.
The centre also has the latest video link-up technology that will enable surgeons and clinicians to share their expertise to colleagues across the world.
Jane Hadfield, Head of Learning and Development, said: “One of the great things about the new building is that it is used by such a wide range of staff from porters and domestics studying for one of our NVQ courses right up to consultants and professors gathering information for some ground-breaking research they’re working on.
“It really is a building for everyone and feedback from people working in, and using, the new facilities has been extremely positive.”

Across the courtyard, Pathology Sciences houses a fully-automated laboratory for routine blood science work along with specialist blood transfusion, biochemistry and immunology laboratories.
It also provides space for the regional genetics services that were formerly housed in the Lewis Laboratories.
Dr Nick Rooney, Consultant Pathologist, said: “The new state of the art Blood Sciences Laboratory has transformed the way we work in Pathology here at NBT bringing us into the 21st century.
“The Genetics Lab is equipped to perform the latest tests in molecular diagnosis and DNA analysis and receives samples from the South West and, for some specialist conditions, from all over the world.

“This is also the base for our clinical consultants providing local and regional services in such diseases as allergy and immunodeficiency, inherited metabolic diseases and haematological malignancy.”