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30 December 2011

Trust Completes the First Phase of the Redevelopment of the Bristol Royal Infirmary

The first phase of the redevelopment of the Bristol Royal Infirmary (BRI) is now complete. University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust (UH Bristol) has transferred the majority of inpatient wards from the BRI Old Building into the King Edward Building and reconfigured wards within the BRI in preparation for the main phase of the redevelopment.

Robert Woolley, Chief Executive of UH Bristol, said: "In many ways this is part of the hidden work to redevelop the BRI and the big jigsaw puzzle that enables us to continue providing services to patients while redeveloping the site, building a ward block extension and moving services out of the Bristol General Hospital.

"These improvements and changes may not be immediately obvious to patients and visitors but they are an important part of the project that will ultimately deliver big improvements to the hospital environment and the way in which we work."

The entire redevelopment project will be delivered in four phases. Phase two will see the majority of services move out of the Bristol General Hospital to South Bristol Community Hospital in April 2012 with some outpatient and support services coming back to the BRI Old Building.

Phase three will deliver some of the most far reaching changes to our site with the building of a new ward block behind the BRI. It will include an integrated assessment unit; a purpose built short stay unit; a state-of-the-art intensive care unit; a surgical floor; a medical floor and a helipad on the roof of the BRI.

Phase three also includes major revisions to the adult Emergency Department where improvements worth £1.5 million are being made. The first part of the changes to the Emergency Department will be completed in late January 2012, with the opening of the newly refurbished reception area.

As the redevelopment gathers pace and activity on the site increases it will be necessary for the Trust to make changes to the way some of its hospitals are accessed by patients and visitors. Access to the Bristol Heart Institute by vehicles and pedestrians will change from 3 January and will continue until the redevelopment is complete in 2014. Patients will be informed of these changes in appointment letters and more details can be found on our website

Andy Headdon, Strategic Development Programme Director, said: "We realise that this will be inconvenient for some patients and visitors but we are doing our best to keep disruption to a minimum and are warning patients to take extra time for their journeys if appropriate. Most of all we want to remind them of the benefits that the new facilities will bring."