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Work starts on 54m South Bristol community hospital

MP Dawn Primarolo and other dignitaries on the site
Dawn Primarolo, left, with Deborah Evans, Chris Trafford and Mark Nebel

The start of work on a £54m community hospital in south Bristol has been marked by a ground-cutting ceremony.

The first patients will be treated at the hospital in Hengrove Park in spring 2012.

Services will include a walk-in urgent care centre for minor illness and injury, and an 0800 to 2000 GP service.

Rehabilitation care for inpatients and outpatients will also be available, together with day surgery and diagnostic services such as X-ray.

The hospital is part of the first phase of the Hengrove Park regeneration programme which includes a City of Bristol Skills Academy, already being built, and a leisure centre.

'Long-time coming'

Bristol South MP Dawn Primarolo took part in the ceremony with NHS Bristol chief executive Deborah Evans and Carillion representative Chris Trafford.

They were joined by Mark Nebel, chief executive of Bristol Infracare Lift, which is a public-private partnership that has provided four health centres across Bristol.

Ms Primarolo said: "So many local people joined the campaign to get our hospital off the ground. Getting building work under way is brilliant news."

Tara Mistry, from NHS Bristol said: "It has been a long time coming, but this is the reality that work is now starting."

Susan Field, managing director of Bristol Community Health, said: "The hospital will make a real difference to the people of Bristol."

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