North Bristol NHS Trust

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Type of Trust
NHS hospital trust
Trust Details
Last annual budget
Employees 9000
Chair Peter Rilett
Chief Executive Andrea Young
Website North Bristol NHS Trust
Care Quality Commission reports CQC

North Bristol NHS Trust is a National Health Service trust providing community healthcare and hospital services to Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset, England. Medical teaching facilities are provided in association with the University of the West of England, Bristol University and the University of Bath.[1]


Until 2014 both Southmead and Frenchay were large hospitals with major Accident and Emergency facilities, but the trust decided to centralise activities at Southmead. From April to December 2014 Frenchay Hospital was progressively closed, with the majority of services moving to a new building at Southmead. Accident and Emergency was transferred on 19 May 2014. A few services relating to brain and head injuries will remain at Frenchay after December 2014.[2][3][4] The first patients moved into the Trust's new Brunel building at Southmead in May 2014.[5]

The trust ran inpatient geriatric services at Blackberry Hill Hospital until 2005, when it closed activities at the site transferring most services to Frenchay and Southmead, and eventually selling the trust's part of the site.

In August 2015 the Trust announced that they were not bidding for the contract to continue providing their current Children’s Community Health Partnership services which they won on 2009 because of the “non-core nature of the service”, a “lack of management capacity” and “financial pressure”.[6]

It was scheduled to be the first trust to go live with Lorenzo patient record systems but as of November 2015 are experiencing problems in transitioning from the old Cerner system. [7]


Between July and September 2014 the Trust had the third worst performance in the country against the requirement to treat and discharge or admit 95 per cent of A&E patients within four hours. It produced an operational resilience and capacity plan, envisaging the trust would achieve performance of 92 per cent against the A&E four-hour standard by April which was rejected. The biggest reason for avoidable breaches of the target was said to be the availability of suitable beds to admit patients. The trust had a deficit of £20.1m at the end of August, £6.7m worse than planned.[8] An unnamed whistleblower claimed a lack of beds was putting patient safety at risk because small rooms designed for minor procedures, such as injections, were being used to keep patients in overnight. The Trust claimed these single rooms were entirely appropriate for safe and dignified patient care.[9]

In February 2015 it was reported that the trust had 247 patients who had waited more than a year for elective treatment, 201 of them waiting for spinal surgery.[10] It spent £20.8 million, 7.1% of its total turnover, on agency staff in 2014/5.[11] In February 2016 it was expecting a deficit of £33.7 million for the year 2015/6.[12]

It ended 2015/6 in deficit of £51.6 million.[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About Us". North Bristol NHS Trust. Retrieved 21 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "Frenchay-to-Southmead hospital move for A&E cases". BBC. 19 May 2014. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ "Frenchay Hospital Site Redevelopment FAQs". North Bristol NHS Trust. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "First patients to move into new Bristol hospital". ITV. 1 May 2014. Retrieved 4 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "Investigation: Bristol's most vulnerable children face sell-off threat to services". Bristol Cable. 11 August 2015. Retrieved 22 August 2015. 
  7. ^ "North Bristol live with Lorenzo". 17 November 2015. Retrieved 23 Nov 2015. 
  8. ^ "Trust's winter cash withheld until it has 'believable' A&E plan". Health Service Journal. 27 October 2014. Retrieved 24 November 2014. 
  9. ^ "Lack of beds at Bristol's new Southmead Hospital 'is putting patients' lives at risk'". Bristol Post. 29 October 2014. Retrieved 24 November 2014. 
  10. ^ "200 North Bristol patients still waiting over a year for spinal surgery". Health Service Journal. 20 February 2015. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  11. ^ "Agency spending: the real picture". Health Service Journal. 26 November 2015. Retrieved 23 December 2015. 
  12. ^ "One in four trusts plunge deeper into the red". Health Service Journal. 25 February 2016. Retrieved 22 March 2016. 
  13. ^ "Analysis: The trusts whose finances fell furthest despite 'urgent action'". Health Service Journal. 2 June 2016. Retrieved 31 July 2016. 

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