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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 departments.

"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 Rimmer.

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."