30 August 2011
Building Work at City Centre Hospitals Brings Change to Access
Work on the redevelopment of the Bristol Royal Infirmary (BRI)
and the extension to the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children (BRHC)
is gathering pace. In the last month, work began in earnest in the
Emergency Department and the steel frame that will support the
extension to the Children's Hospital is being put up.
From Tuesday 30th August until 26th
September further work behind the Children's Hospital means that
changes need to be made to the route the ambulances take through
the hospital precinct from 07:00 to 16:00 Monday to Friday. During
this time, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust (UH
Bristol) will stop any cars from using the ambulance route. This
runs from Horfield road round the back of the Bristol Haematology
and Oncology Centre and down to the adults and children's emergency
"During these times an ambulance official will be stationed on
the route and will stop all cars unless there is an emergency. If
there is an emergency and a driver has a seriously ill adult or
child in the car then we will of course let the car through and the
ambulance official will be able to assess this. Any parents or
guardians who are taking seriously ill children to the children's
emergency department, should use the front entrance to the
Children's Hospital," said chief operating officer, James
Drivers who are dropping adults off at the adult emergency
department can drop them off at the main entrance to the Bristol
Heart Institute. The route to the adult emergency department is
down one corridor, down two stories and to the right. Anyone who
needs assistance down this route should speak to reception at the
Bristol Heart Institute. More pay and display car parking spaces
for patients and visitors have been installed in the nearby St
Michael's Hospital car park.
Deborah Lee, director of strategic development for UH Bristol,
said: "Work on the improvements to the BRI and the extension to the
Children's Hospital is well under way and staff, visitors and
patients will see the evidence of this when they visit our sites.
We know that the building work will cause disruption but we have
carefully considered the impact and made alternative arrangements.
Importantly these projects will deliver fantastic improvements for
both patients and staff when they are completed which is something
to keep at the forefront of our minds."
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