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10 November 2014

End of inpatient care at one of Bristol's oldest hospitals

The Bristol Royal Infirmary's Old Building opened in 1735, and has provided healthcare to the people of Bristol ever since.

On Thursday 13 November 2014, the final inpatient wards will move out of the Old Building as a result of University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust's £143 million redevelopment programme. The patients currently cared for in the Old Building will move into the hospital's Queen's Building and newly constructed ward block.

The closure of the oldest part of the Trust's estate marks one of the most significant milestones in the redevelopment programme, which will ultimately lead to all patients receiving their treatment in state of the art environments which support the use of 21st century models of care.

Dr Peter Collins, clinical chair for the division of medicine commented: "The Old Building was provided by the people of Bristol and was the foundation stone for today's Trust. It has a two hundred and eighty year history of being at the heart of care in the city." He added: "The provision of healthcare has changed immeasurably since the Old Building first admitted patients, and the new infrastructure we are in the process of opening ensures we are in position to continue providing the absolute best care for our patients."

In the past week, two brand new, state-of-the-art medical assessment units have opened at the hospital. The 32 bedded Medical Assessment Unit (MAU) is based on level three of the recently constructed ward block and features a combination of four bed bays and single bed rooms, offering patients greater privacy and dignity.

The Older Persons Assessment Unit (OPAU) is on level four of the ward block and is designed to cater to the specific needs of older patients visiting the hospital. The unit has 30 beds, again combining single rooms and four bed bays.

The patient environment is enhanced by "Terrell" a large art installation which also serves to reduce unwanted echoes in the open space, as well as photographic art produced by Simon Roberts, with each floor featuring a distinct theme. All of the art projects - as well as four individual rooms in the OPAU - are being generously funded by the hospitals' charity Above & Beyond, through their Golden Gift Appeal.

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