23 September 2015
South Bristol Community Hospital to opens its doors
On Saturday 17 October, South Bristol Community Hospital will be
opening its doors to the local community as part of Healthy City
The free event at the hospital in
Hengrove Plaza in South Bristol is being held in partnership with
Bristol Community Health and hospital charity Above and Beyond.
From 10.30am - 3pm members of the local community are invited to
come and have a look round the hospital, find out about the
services on offer, and give us feedback on the local hospital.
Visitors will be able to take a self-guided tour of the
hospital, taking in several areas that are normally off-limits to
the public including an operating theatre, the dental suite and X
ray suite. They will also be able to explore the wide range of
exhibitors including Knowle West Health Park, Hartcliffe Health and
Environmental Action Group, Hartcliffe Farm, Healthwatch, and
Bristol South Diabetes Support Group. There will be plenty on offer
for the whole family, with fun activities for children as well as
Neina English, general manager at South Bristol Community
Hospital, said: "People in South Bristol campaigned for a local
hospital for more than 50 years. The hospital is testament to how
the provision of healthcare is changing to provide the highest
quality of care in modern NHS facilities closer to home, wherever
possible. We have seen more than 100,000 people through our doors
since we opened at the end of March 2012, and still have the
capacity to treat more patients."
South Bristol Community Hospital provides services including
physiotherapy, occupational therapy, dieticians, speech and
language therapy, X rays and scans. A community dental service,
offering free NHS treatment for local people, is provided by the
University of Bristol Dental Hospital. Bristol Community Health
runs the purpose-built Urgent Care Centre, which delivers a walk-in
service for minor illness and injuries; day surgery; and a
rehabilitation service where people are able to stay as
Neina says: "We have added more services at the hospital
since we opened, and our outpatient clinics now include general
surgery and urology; orthopaedics; cardiology; gynaecology; general
medicine and care of the elderly; ophthalmology - including
assessment for cataract surgery and minor eye operations; and
sexual health clinics.
"South Bristol Community Hospital is an important part of the
community, so we are inviting the local community to come and meet
us and to understand more about the services and facilities
"The Urgent Care Centre is an important service for the local
community," says Michelle Whittle, Bristol Community Health's
Urgent Care Centre lead. "We are really keen to raise the profile
of the centre even further to get more patients through the door
that we can treat."
"The centre, run by Bristol Community Health, sees patients of
all ages for treatment of minor injuries and illness. It's a
walk-in service which is invaluable for many who need medical
attention for a non-life threatening ailment. The 'Open Doors'
event promises to be a great chance for local people to find out
more about what we offer."
For more information about South Bristol Community Hospital,
please visit www.uhbristol.nhs.uk or for
information about Urgent Care Centre, please visit
For the full timetable of events taking place as part of
Healthy City week please click here.
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