Call to expand South Bristol hospital

Published on: 06 Jul 2016

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MP KARIN Smyth has stepped up her campaign to get more services provided at South Bristol hospital to help reduce the need for people to travel across the city for healthcare.

In a community consultation she carried out during last autumn and winter, the Bristol South MP found nine out of 10 residents of the constituency who responded would like to see a wider range of treatments at the Hengrove community hospital.

In a letter to managers at the University Hospital Bristol NHS foundation trust, Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), and the North Bristol NHS Trust, Ms Smyth says the need of local people for expansion of services is more pressing than ever.

“Residents frequently talk to me about the need for services at Hengrove to be expanded,” said the MP.

Ms Smyth added: “Day in, day out, South Bristol people are having to trek across the city to Southmead and the BRI for services they feel could be more effectively delivered at their local hospital.”

The MP’s survey showed that a large majority of people have experience of using the South Bristol hospital, and most are warm and positive about it. 

Nine out of 10 respondents think there should be more services there. Two thirds of them said they travel elsewhere in the city for some healthcare.

Cancer screening, followed by seven-day GP care, are the most sought-after additional services.

A spokesman for the Bristol CCG pointed to a new Rapid Access Care clinic for older people as an example of new offerings at the hospital.

Starting two months ago, GPs have been able to send elderly patients to South Bristol hospital  for a range of urgent checks in one visit, from blood tests to X-rays. The CCG is committed to building on the hospital’s services, he said.

Already on offer are  a children’s outpatients service,  chemotherapy, and outpatient clinics including cardiology, diabetes care, a falls clinic, gastroenterology, and speech and language therapy as well as day surgery and endoscopy.

There are also 60 inpatient beds used for rehabilitation, end of life care and stroke care.

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