£45m Bristol community hospital complete

22-Feb-2012

End of building work paves way for March opening

Building work is now complete on the new £45m South Bristol NHS Community Hospital.

Equipment and furniture will be moved in over the coming days, ahead of the official opening of the new facility at the end of March.

The building was constructed by Bristol Infracare LIFT and main partner, Carillion, and was commissioned by NHS Bristol. The two-year development phase was overseen by the social enterprise, Bristol Community Health.

Deborah Evans, chief executive of the primary care trust, said: “The handover of the building to the NHS is an exciting milestone for us. We now enter an intensive phase of activity to commission the building and finalise the remaining installation of equipment before we open the doors to the first patients.”

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The urgent care centre at the new hospital - which will provide walk-in diagnosis and treatment - will be the first service to open. During April the hospital will become fully operational and will provide a range of outpatient clinics, diagnostic tests accessed by direct referrals from GPs, 60 inpatient beds for rehabilitation including specialist stroke rehabilitation, day surgery and endoscopy, along with a new dental teaching facility which will also provide free routine NHS community dental services.

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