A study held at Bristol Royal Infirmary has found alcohol may be involved in up to 640 thousand hospital admissions in England and Wales a year. Almost a thousand adults in Bristol took part in the study.
Around 1 in 5 patients said they had drunk up to 50 units of alcohol before coming in to the emergency department.
Waiting times for patients in South West Hospitals have dropped considerably according to figures from the Department of Health. There are almost 50,000 fewer patients waiting more than 18 weeks for treatment than there were in 2010. Six trusts had no patients waiting longer than a year.
Planning permission for the hospital was granted in 2008. Work on the new building began in March 2010 and it's due to open to the public at the end of the month. The hospital is part of the Hengrove Park Regeneration Project that will include a new Skills Academy, a sports and leisure centre.
Members of the public are getting the chance to look round the new South Bristol Community Hospital before it becomes a working hospital at the end of this month. It will provide a number of services including a Minor Injuries Unit and an out-of-hours GP service.