Bristol's new hospital could open in 2013
Plans to build a £430m "super-hospital" in Bristol have moved a step forward with the submission of a planning application to the city council.
The NHS South West board had already approved the plan to bring together services at Southmead and Frenchay hospitals in the city.
It is hoped building work on the scheme will start next spring.
The new hospital's facilities would include a walk-in minor injuries unit and a day surgery.
There would also be dental services, including student dentist training, and diagnostic testing facilities.
If plans are approved, the new hospital would be expected to open in 2013 and would be funded by the private finance initiative.
Tricia Down, deputy director of projects, told BBC News Online: "The planning application that has been submitted to Bristol City Council represents a very significant milestone towards getting our new hospital.
"The new hospital has been long awaited and will make a huge difference to patients, staff and visitors.
"Services will be much closer together which means faster treatment and a better patient journey.
"Patients, visitors and staff will be able to find their way around very easily and patients will benefit from the latest hi-tech services and leading healthcare."