|North Bristol NHS Trust|
Southmead Hospital Training Centre
|Location||Southmead, Bristol, England, United Kingdom|
|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|
|Lists||Hospitals in England|
Southmead Hospital is a large hospital, situated in the northern suburbs of Bristol, England, part of the North Bristol NHS Trust. The new hospital building called Brunel Building opened in May 2014, transferring most services including Accident and Emergency from Frenchay Hospital. Southmead is served by local charity Freewheelers EVS, whose volunteers provide a free-of-charge motorcycle courier service between Southmead and other hospitals in the area. Notable former medical staff include Geoffrey Tovey, serologist and founder of the UK Transplant Service, which was initially based at the hospital.
The hospital opened in 1902 as a 64 bed workhouse for poor sick people. By 1911 there were 520 beds.
In 1924, the Southmead Infirmary was built and was later renamed Southmead Hospital. The hospital has been greatly expanded and now covers 60 acres (240,000 m2).
In 2005, another expansion was planned which included moving some services from Frenchay Hospital to the Southmead site. This resulted in Frenchay Hospital being downgraded to a Community Hospital. The project should be finished in late 2013 and its expected to open in April 2014. Full approval for the project was given by the NHS South West board in January 2009. In 2010, it was announced that Carillion was to design and build the hospital. The new hospital, built at the cost of £430 million, will bring all the departments and services under one roof. As of Summer 2012, the hospital's exterior was completed and made water tight.
The new hospital building will be called Brunel Building which was named after Isambard Kingdom Brunel, a Bristol engineer, and will include 800 beds, 24 theatres, patient gardens, a public square, a helipad and visitors multi-storey car park. It will also have a fully glazed concourse roof which will allow natural light to flood into the building. There will be 75% single bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, this will help to control the spread of infections and improve privacy and dignity to patients. The building will be oriented so that the hospital's naturally ventilated wards can take the warming sun in the mornings but are shaded in the hot afternoon sun.
Since the opening of Southmead Hospital's Brunel building, there has been a shortage of parking spaces due to high demands at the hospital for visitors, patients and staff. Currently patients and visitors are having to park on residential streets, which has lead to complaints from residents in the local area, or at the nearby Beaufort Way multi-storey car park, but however this car park is usually full. As well as this, staff are having to give up their parking spaces for patients and visitors. In addition, the completion of a multi-storey car park, which will bring the total number of parking spaces at the hospital to 2,700, has been delayed as of December 2014 until spring 2016.
The following buses terminate within the grounds of the Hospital 17, 18, 24, 82, 505, 506. The following buses pass the Hospital entrances 2, 76, 501, 502.
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- 10 February 2013
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