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23 September 2015

South Bristol Community Hospital to opens its doors

On Saturday 17 October, South Bristol Community Hospital will be opening its doors to the local community as part of Healthy City week.

The free event at the hospital in Hengrove Plaza in South Bristol is being held in partnership with Bristol Community Health and hospital charity Above and Beyond.

South Bristol Community Hospital to opens its doors

From 10.30am - 3pm members of the local community are invited to come and have a look round the hospital, find out about the services on offer, and give us feedback on the local hospital.

Visitors will be able to take a self-guided tour of the hospital, taking in several areas that are normally off-limits to the public including an operating theatre, the dental suite and X ray suite. They will also be able to explore the wide range of exhibitors including Knowle West Health Park, Hartcliffe Health and Environmental Action Group, Hartcliffe Farm, Healthwatch, and Bristol South Diabetes Support Group. There will be plenty on offer for the whole family, with fun activities for children as well as adults.

Neina English, general manager at South Bristol Community Hospital, said: "People in South Bristol campaigned for a local hospital for more than 50 years. The hospital is testament to how the provision of healthcare is changing to provide the highest quality of care in modern NHS facilities closer to home, wherever possible. We have seen more than 100,000 people through our doors since we opened at the end of March 2012, and still have the capacity to treat more patients."

South Bristol Community Hospital provides services including physiotherapy, occupational therapy, dieticians, speech and language therapy, X rays and scans. A community dental service, offering free NHS treatment for local people, is provided by the University of Bristol Dental Hospital. Bristol Community Health runs the purpose-built Urgent Care Centre, which delivers a walk-in service for minor illness and injuries; day surgery; and a rehabilitation service where people are able to stay as inpatients.

Neina  says: "We have added more services at the hospital since we opened, and our outpatient clinics now include general surgery and urology; orthopaedics; cardiology; gynaecology; general medicine and care of the elderly; ophthalmology - including assessment for cataract surgery and minor eye operations; and sexual health clinics. 

"South Bristol Community Hospital is an important part of the community, so we are inviting the local community to come and meet us and to understand more about the services and facilities available here."

"The Urgent Care Centre is an important service for the local community," says Michelle Whittle, Bristol Community Health's Urgent Care Centre lead. "We are really keen to raise the profile of the centre even further to get more patients through the door that we can treat."

"The centre, run by Bristol Community Health, sees patients of all ages for treatment of minor injuries and illness. It's a walk-in service which is invaluable for many who need medical attention for a non-life threatening ailment. The 'Open Doors' event promises to be a great chance for local people to find out more about what we offer."

For more information about South Bristol Community Hospital, please visit  or for information about Urgent Care Centre, please visit

For the full timetable of events taking place as part of Healthy City week please click here.