Refurbishment of Cossham Hospital gets the final go-ahead

Monday, 22 March 2010

Plans to redevelop Cossham Hospital have been given the final go ahead. The strategic health authority, NHS South West, agreed the Full Business Case (FBC) at its board meeting on Friday 19th March 2010.

The FBC was previously approved by the boards of NHS South Gloucestershire, NHS Bristol and North Bristol NHS Trust.

"This is fantastic news. After years of working in partnership with local people to plan the refurbishment of Cossham and the services we will deliver from Cossham Hospital, we have got the final go ahead. I would like to personally thank all those who have worked so hard to make this possible. This is a great achievement," said Chief Executive of NHS South Gloucestershire, Penny Harris.

Graham Kennedy, Chair of the Save Cossham Hospital Group, said, "This is very good news for the people of Kingswood and District as it will bring first class services locally. We have worked for five years to achieve this and I look forward to seeing the new facility."

Roy Tippett, Chairman of the Cossham League of Friends, said, "I am very pleased that this milestone has been reached. Now I am looking forward to the beginning of the refurbishment."

Dr Mike Durkin, Medical Director at NHS South West, said, "NHS community hospitals are at the forefront of delivering high quality care closer to home. Cossham Hospital will provide more accessible services and greater choice for patients with state-of-the-art services being delivered in modern facilities."

NHS South Gloucestershire plans to sign the contract with the building firm that will do the work early in April. This should mean that the builders will begin work on the main hospital building in May 2010. The services currently in the main building will move into Henshaw House on the Cossham site this month. Henshaw House has already been adapted and extended to provide a temporary home for them. Parking on site will be limited until the main redevelopment has been completed.

Cossham Hospital currently provides outpatient and diagnostic services. After it is redeveloped, the hospital will have new, modern and fully accessible facilities from which the NHS will deliver double the previous number of outpatient appointments, a new minor injuries service, x-ray, ultrasound, MRI and CT scanning and double the previous number of physiotherapy appointments. Podiatry and the special care dental service will move from Kingswood Healthcare Centre to new facilities at Cossham. North Bristol Trust is also planning to provide renal dialysis and the first stand-alone, midwife-led birthing centre in the area on the site.
It is estimated that the number of patient visits to Cossham Hospital will grow from just over 70,000 in 2008/09 to 175,000 in 2012/13. Most of these patients will be residents of Kingswood and East Bristol.

Once it is refurbished Cossham Hospital will provide:

  • more clinical areas such as consulting rooms and treatment cubicles. The number provided will increase from 31 to 56;
  • new high tech accommodation for a range of services including minor injuries, imaging, dentistry, the birth centre and renal dialysis;
  • attractive areas for patients, with information on health and related services, and travel links, readily available.
  • a new café area from which the League of Friends will offer refreshments;
  • a new community hall to replace the recreation hall;
  • better facilities for staff;
  • additional care parking spaces
  • more disabled parking spaces and a large 'drop off' area close to the front door; and
  • the conservation and repair of the exterior of these grade II listed buildings.

The investment in Cossham Hospital is only one part of a significant investment the local NHS and its partners are making in the Kingswood area.