Sealing the deal on new super hospital

Friday, 26 February 2010

North Bristol NHS Trust and Carillion have signed the contract that has sealed the deal on Bristol’s new £430m super hospital at Southmead.

This marks the final stage in the approvals process after the PFI project recently received full backing from the Department of Health and planning permission from Bristol City Council.

After today work will begin on preparing the site, ready for the creation of the new hospital that will open its doors to patients in 2014.

Sonia Mills, Chief Executive, said: “This is the truly momentous final stage and guarantees the change that will occur in healthcare in the Bristol region. The new super hospital will replace some of the most outdated hospital buildings in this country with state-of-the-art, patient-centred designs that will offer enormous benefits for years to come.

“The new hospital has been continually benchmarked to ensure it offers the best value for money for taxpayers not only in construction but in running costs once it is open. Patient safety, privacy, comfort and flexibility have been really important to us to achieve.”

Dr Chris Burton, Medical Director, said: “For the first time our clinical staff and specialities will be under one roof. Getting an expert opinion and speed of diagnosis will be significantly improved for our patients because our clinical staff will be in one place.

“The hospital has been designed so that critical services such as the emergency department, imaging, intensive care wards and theatres are very close to one another.”

Julie Francis, Chair of North Bristol NHS Trust’s Patient Panel, said: “It is a brilliant scheme, I think the new hospital will be an asset to the area. Everyone has worked so hard to achieve the position that we are now in.

“We are so grateful that all the staff and patient representatives have been given the opportunity to have an input into the new plans. The current sites are attractive because of the greenery and gardens, and this too will be recreated in the new design.”

Carillion chief executive John McDonough said: “Achieving financial close some two months after being appointed as the preferred bidder for this project reflects the close working relationship that we have established with the North Bristol NHS Trust, as well as the Group’s ability to provide a fully integrated solution for a state-of-the-art hospital, designed to the highest standards of sustainability.

“Carillion has financially closed over 50 PPP projects in the UK and Canada, including 19 hospitals and other healthcare facilities, and the new Southmead Hospital project will be our largest PPP hospital to date. We look forward to working with the North Bristol NHS Trust to provide a hospital that will enable the Trust to deliver first-class healthcare services to the region.”

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The contract signing comes just a week after NHS Bristol announced it had reached the final contract signing for the development of the new South Bristol Hospital in Hengrove.

Some of the main benefits of the new hospital include:

  • Much greater privacy and dignity for patients with 75% of beds in single rooms with en-suites or the choice of a bed in a single sex, four-bed ward
  • Plenty of parking for visitors, patients and staff with 2,700 spaces in addition to improved transport links that include bus stops at the main entrance
  • The hospital will be easy to navigate with one main entrance
  • Bright, fresh and airy buildings will offer staff, patients and visitors a view of the outside world wherever they are in the hospital
  • All medical services under one roof