Renewing our hospitals
Over the last decade we have redeveloped many of our hospitals
to ensure that the physical environment in which we deliver care
matches the quality of care we deliver. The new facilities have
enabled us to implement new care pathways and more efficient ways
Redevelopment of the Bristol Royal Infirmary
redevelopment of the BRI included an investment of £92 million on
the construction of a new ward block at the back of the Queens
Building, to house new wards and a new intensive care unit. The
project was generously supported by £3 million of charitable
funding from Above and Beyond. The charity's Golden Gift Appeal
raised a total of £6 million to transform the BRI, the Bristol
Haematology and Oncology Centre (BHOC).
Every part of the new BRI ward block is designed around the
needs of patients, visitors and staff, to offer modern, welcoming
and supportive care in calm surroundings. The block more than
doubled the number of single rooms available, providing patients
with privacy and dignity, and eliminated the last of the
Nightingale wards in our Trust.
With services located close to one another, the new facility has
enabled us to work more efficiently. The new pre-operative
department for the first time brings together the surgical
admissions suite and pre-operative assessment clinic. These
departments are now ideally located alongside surgical care,
critical care and trauma on level six of the BRI and the number of
assessment rooms has increased from 9 to 15, enabling us to
increase capacity and theatre efficiency.
A helipad on the roof of the BRI Queens Building has sped up
emergency transfer times for critically ill and injured patients,
transporting them to specialist treatment they need as quickly as
possible and increasing their chances of survival and a good
The Welcome Centre at the entrance of the BRI opened in December
2013 and provides a light and spacious entrance with improved
facilities for patients, visitors and staff.
Redevelopment of the Bristol Haematology and Oncology
We spent £16 million on transforming care for cancer patients in
order to improve outcomes, extend life and enhance quality of
The redevelopment of the BHOC consisted of three major
- The creation of an integrated adult BMT, haematology and
apheresis unit within a specialist unit.
- The development of a unit for teenagers and young adults with
cancer, who now have their unique needs catered for in an
environment appropriate to their age.
- The replacement of two radiotherapy bunkers which has enables
us to use the most advanced equipment available.
These improvements were generously supported by three charities
- Above and Beyond, Teenage Cancer Trust and the Friends of the
Centralisation of specialist paediatric services
We invested £31 million to bring together all specialist
children's services under one roof at the Bristol Royal Hospital
for Children (BRHC). In May 2014, burns, neurosurgery, plastic,
orthopaedic and emergency services transferred from Frenchay
Hospital, with the management of these services transferring from
North Bristol NHS Trust to University Hospitals Bristol Foundation
New facilities at the children's hospital included a 16-bed
neurosciences ward, a four-bed burn ward, six high-dependency
beds, specialist theatres for burn and neurosurgery, a hybrid
theatre to enable complex neuroradiology procedures, two day-case
theatres, and additional diagnostic and outpatient facilities.