Staff given training to prepare for move into new Brunel building

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Ahead of the move into the new Brunel building at Southmead Hospital Bristol staff were given the chance to acquaint themselves with their new ward areas.

Special sessions have been organised to give clinical staff training in how to use equipment in the wards before patients start to move in during May.

The Brunel building was handed over to North Bristol NHS Trust by developers Carillion last month and now the new hospital is being equipped ahead of the big move next month.

The first patients will move into the building from the current Southmead Hospital wards on the week beginning May 12. The emergency department will move from Frenchay in the early hours of May 19 and the rest of the wards will follow that week, with the Brunel building due to be fully open by May 28.

To prepare for the move staff are being given tours of the new building and specific training sessions are being carried out.

The first super user sessions gave about 80 trust employees the chance to look around the staff areas and patient bedrooms as well as learning how to use the kit that has been fitted in the ward areas.

75 per cent of patients who stay in the new hospital will be in single rooms and nursing staff were shown where the observation points are and how the call systems work.

Representatives from the firms supplying equipment were also on hand to explain how to use equipment including the new pneumatic tubing system - which will deliver samples to different parts of the Southmead site – and the automatic guided vehicles – robotic devices that will carry waste and linen around the building.

Staff who attended the sessions will be sharing their learning with colleagues within their teams. There will also be co-ordinators in departments as the move into the new building takes place to ensure members of the team know how to use all the equipment.

Sue Nutland, from the trust’s development directorate said that people felt confident in what they had been shown during the sessions.

More sessions are due to be held in the new operating theatres this week for relevant staff.