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Frenchay staff 'fabulously well organised' for A&E move

Tonight is the last night that the Accident and Emergency Department at Frenchay Hospital near Bristol will be fully open. The department is due to close at 2am on Monday morning as new facility in the £430 million Brunel building at Southmead begins to take on emergencies.

Ambulances will be diverted to the Bristol Royal Infirmary for around five hours while the handover takes place.

The beginning of the end for Frenchay

It's been the beginning of the end for one the region's major hospitals today. The first patients moved out of Frenchay Hospital this morning and by the end of the month all services there will be gone.

The Barbara Russell Children's Unit was first to make the move and staff were in early to ensure the smooth transfer of young patients - and to say farewell to a place many have called a second home for years.

Wesley Smith was there as the move got underway:-

First patients move out of Frenchay Hospital

Today marks the beginning of the end for one of the region's major hospitals. The first patients moved out of Frenchay Hospital this morning and by the end of the month all services there will be gone.

The Barbara Russell Children's Unit was first to make the move. Staff were in early to ensure the smooth transfer of young patients and say farewell to a place many have called a second home for years.

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First patients begin move from Frenchay

The first patients are to leave Frenchay Hospital in Bristol later, marking the beginning of the 80-year-old building's closure.

Children's specialist services which include burns, neurosurgery and emergency care are being moved to the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children.

Specialist services are being moved to the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children Credit: ITV News West Country

Other care will be offered via outpatient appointments at various locations. Patients are being urged to make sure they're clear about where they have to go.

18 year old critical, after attack in Gloucester

Police are appealing for information after an 18-year-old man was assaulted in Gloucester.

He received serious head injuries in a fight on Central Road in the early hours of Sunday morning (29 December).

He's currently in a critical but stable condition at Bristol's Frenchay Hospital.

Two men from Gloucester, aged 18 and 20, have been charged with affray and are due before magistrates in Cheltenham today.

A trial to help Parkinsons sufferers

A pioneering procedure which could stop Parkinson's disease is being trialled at Frenchay Hospital near Bristol.

Doctors are installing a port behind the ear so they can directly inject a protein into the brain.

The trial is looking for 36 people with Parkinsons, who live locally, to take part.

Dr Alan Whone is a neurologist at Frenchay Hospital. He hopes the treatment could halt or slow down the progression of disease and improve the symptoms.

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