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New hospitals for city approved

Southmead Hospital
The new super-hospital at Southmead will centralise specialist services.

Plans to build two new hospitals in Bristol have been agreed by health bosses.

The NHS South West board approved a new 374m "super hospital" at Southmead, bringing together services currently at Southmead and Frenchay.

They also backed funding for a new 54m community hospital at Hengrove Park in the south of the city.

Proposals to redevelop Cosham Community Hospital in Kingswood were also supported.

The new South Bristol NHS Community Hospital will bring together services currently provided at a number of locations including Bristol General Hospital and the walk-in centre at Knowle West Health Park.

It could be up and running by 2010.

Its facilities will include a walk-in minor injuries unit, a day surgery, dental services and student dentist training and diagnostic tests.

Liz Redfern, Director of Nursing and Patient Care for NHS South West, said: "The population of South Bristol currently access healthcare from a number of locations across the area and travel considerable distances to health services that could be provide locally.

"This project will provide a wide range of local services in the heart of South Bristol and will have significant benefits for the residents of South Bristol."

The new state-of-the-art hospital at Southmead, due to open in 2013, will be funded by the government's private finance initiative.

North Bristol NHS Trust is currently considering bids by two developers to build the hospital.



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