Healthcare in Bristol

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NHS Trusts[edit]

  1. North Bristol NHS Trust
  2. University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust
  3. Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust

List of NHS hospitals[edit]

  1. Southmead Hospital A+E
  2. Bristol Royal Infirmary A+E
  3. Frenchay Hospital
  4. South Bristol Community Hospital
  5. Cossham Memorial Hospital
  6. Bristol Royal Hospital for Children A+E
  7. St. Michael's Hospital, Bristol
  8. Bristol Eye Hospital A+E (daytime every day, eye only)[1]
  9. University of Bristol Dental Hospital[2]

From April to December 2014 Frenchay Hospital is being progressively closed, with the majority of services moving to a new building at Southmead Hospital. Accident and Emergency was transferred on 19 May 2014. A few services relating to brain and head injuries will remain at the site after December 2014.[3][4][5]

NHS Blood and Transplant[edit]

The Organ Donation and Transplantation Directorate of NHS Blood and Transplant is based in Stoke Gifford, Bristol.

Private Hospitals[edit]

Closed Hospitals[edit]

On 7 January 2013 the Bristol Homeopathic Hospital, founded in 1852 but with a history as a dispensary dating back to 1832,[7] moved operations from its own building, Cotham House,[8] to the South Bristol Community Hospital.[9] In-patient services had been provided at Cotham House until 1986, when they were moved to the Bristol Eye Hospital, with out-patients continuing at Cotham House.[8][9]

Bristol General Hospital closed in early April 2012, with services moved to Bristol Royal Infirmary and the newly opened South Bristol Community Hospital.

Until the changes brought in by the Care in the Community policy in the 1980s, the Bristol area had a number of hospitals for the mentally ill and handicapped, including Barrow Hospital, Blackberry Hill Hospital, Brentry Hospital, Glenside Hospital, Hortham Hospital, Manor Park Hospital and Stoke Park Hospital.

Brislington House (now know as Long Fox Manor) was built as a private lunatic asylum for the insane. When it opened in 1806 it was one of the first purpose built asylums in England.[10][11][12] It is situated on the Bath Road in Brislington, although parts of the grounds cross the city boundary into the parish of Keynsham in Bath and North East Somerset. The Palladian fronted building was originally seven separate blocks into which patients were allocated depending on their class. The buildings, estate and therapeutic regime designed by Edward Long Fox was based on the principles of moral treatment which was fashionable at the time. Brislington House later influenced the design and construction of other asylums and influenced Acts of parliament. The house and ancillary structures are listed buildings which have now been converted into private residences. The original grounds are Grade II* listed on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens of special historic interest in England and now include St. Brendan's Sixth Form College, sports pitches and some farmland. They are now included on the Heritage at Risk register.


  1. ^ "Bristol Eye Hospital". University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "University of Bristol Dental Hospital". University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Frenchay-to-Southmead hospital move for A&E cases". BBC. 19 May 2014. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  4. ^ Kieran Corcoran (20 May 2014). "Devastated staff break down in tears as A&E department closes its doors for the last time after treating patients for 50 years". Daily Mail. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "Frenchay Hospital Site Redevelopment FAQs". North Bristol NHS Trust. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "Spire Bristol Hospital". Spire Healthcare. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  7. ^ Sue Young (27 May 2010). "The Bristol Homeopathic Hospital". Sue Young Histories. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  8. ^ a b English Heritage. "Bristol Homeopathic Hospital  (Grade II) (1403123)". National Heritage List for England .
  9. ^ a b "Bristol Homeopathic Hospital". University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust. 2013. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  10. ^ "Brislington House". English Heritage. Retrieved 11 October 2013. 
  11. ^ "Therapeutic theories of segregation and classification". National Archives. Retrieved 12 October 2013. 
  12. ^ "Brislington House, Bath Road, Bristol". Heritage Explorer. English Heritage. Retrieved 12 October 2013.