Frenchay Hospital

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Frenchay Hospital
North Bristol NHS Trust
Frenchay Hospital, middle entrance.jpg
Frenchay Hospital, middle entrance
Frenchay Hospital is located in Bristol
Frenchay Hospital
Shown in Bristol
Location Frenchay, South Gloucestershire, Bristol, England, United Kingdom
Coordinates 51°29′52″N 2°31′30″W / 51.4977°N 2.5249°W / 51.4977; -2.5249Coordinates: 51°29′52″N 2°31′30″W / 51.4977°N 2.5249°W / 51.4977; -2.5249
Care system Public NHS
Hospital type District General
Affiliated university University of Bristol, Faculty of Health and Social Care University of West of England
Emergency department Yes Accident & Emergency
Founded 1921
Lists Hospitals in England

Frenchay Hospital is a large hospital situated in Frenchay, South Gloucestershire, on the north east outskirts of Bristol, England. It is part of the North Bristol NHS Trust.


The hospital, situated in the grounds of a Georgian mansion, Frenchay Park,[1] started life as a TB hospital (Frenchay Park Sanatorium) in 1921, when Bristol Corporation acquired the land. In 1931, five purpose-built buildings were constructed to extend the hospital beyond the original house.

Concerns about the possibility of heavy bombing casualties led to the hospital being greatly expanded between 1938 and early 1942. Although Bristol was severely bombed, the new facilities remained unused.[2]

When US forces arrived in 1942, the city handed the new hospital facilities over to the Americans, as a sort of reverse Lend-Lease. The initial units of the Medical Corps were the 2nd and 77th Evacuation Hospitals and the 152nd Station Hospital. Further expansion to the facilities including 27 wards, occurred in late 1942 and it was occupied by the 298th General Hospital. Initially, the Americans used the hospital mainly as training facility for their medical staff. After D-Day, however, the hospital was used in earnest, the processing of casualties becoming a very slick operation under the control of the 100th and then 117th General Hospitals. Casualties were flown into Filton or arrived by train from the channel ports. Between 5 August and 31 December 1944 a total of 4,954 patients were discharged from Frenchay.[3]

Although the Frenchay Tuberculosis hospital operated as a separate unit throughout the war, the patients were transferred elsewhere in 1947.

New and World War II buildings in 2009

After World War II, the Americans handed the hospital back to the Corporation. The National Health Service acquired the hospital in 1948.

Over the last 60 years or so, the hospital facilities have been slowly modernized, but many wartime buildings are still very much in evidence.

Frenchay is served by local charity Freewheelers EVS, whose volunteers provide a free-of-charge motorcycle courier service between Frenchay, Southmead and other hospitals in the area.

The hospital treated the seriously injured jockey JT McNamara during the 2013 Cheltenham Festival. McNamara fractured the C3 and C4 vertebrae in a fall on 14 March 2013. He was left paralyzed in an induced coma after neck surgery.


Frenchay Hospital is due to be downsized so the main Trust hospital will be at Southmead Hospital. The hospital has extensive grounds which would be sold off were this to happen. There is however a Save Frenchay Hospital campaign that is fronted by Steve Webb, the Member of Parliament for the Northavon constituency that includes Frenchay. The campaign's main arguments are that Frenchay Hospital affords greater possibility for expansion than the Southmead site and that emergency access is easier due to its proximity to the motorway with less traffic.[4]

The accident and emergency department is due to transfer to the new Southmead Hospital on 19 May 2014.[5]


  1. ^ "Sisters' House (formerly known as Frenchay Park)". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 11 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "80 Years of Healing at Frenchay Hospital". Frenchay Village Museum. Retrieved 11 December 2011. 
  3. ^ Wakefield, Ken (1994). Operation Bolero: The Americans in Bristol and the West Country 1942-45. Crecy Books. pp. 102–104. ISBN 0-947554-51-3. 
  4. ^ "Save Frenchay Hospital Group". Save Frenchay Hospital Group. Retrieved 11 December 2011. [dead link]
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