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Bristol's new £430 million hospital at Southmead is now officially open. As well as combining specialist medical services on one site, it also contains the regional trauma centre and adult burns unit.
However, the move, which has been happening over the past month, hasn't got off to the best start with 180 operations being postponed because of a faulty air handling system. There's also continued criticism over the number of parking spaces on site. Our Health Correspondent Katie Rowlett reports.
Bristol's £430 million Southmead hospital officially opened today. As well as combining specialist medical services on one site it also contains the regional trauma centre and adult burns unit.
It promises to revolutionise care in North Bristol.
However the move - which has been happening over the past month - hasn't got off to the best start with 180 operations being postponed because only a third of the theatres were working. There is also continued criticism over the number of parking spaces on site.
Here's Katie Rowlett.
Bristol's new £430 million pound hospital at Southmead officially opens today.
540 patients have been transferred from the old buildings at Frenchay and Southmead over the past month. A & E has also moved.
There's a striking difference between the facilities in the Brunel Building compared to the old-fashioned wards at Frenchay.
Staff at Frenchay Hospital bade an emotional farewell last night to its A and E department, as services were officially switched to Southmead Hospital.
As the clock struck 2am, doctors, nurses and other staff gathered to mark the moment. The facility was opened in the early 1960s and, and although dated, for many it's been their second home.
Our health correspondent Katie Rowlett was there:
Matron at Southmead hospital Juliette Hughes told ITV News West Country the move from Frenchay to Southmead had got off to a good start.
Dr Kirsten Jones says the new hospital as Southmead will provide them with the very best technology in the areas they are most needed.
Southmead building began taking in-patients overnight as Frenchay closed its A&E doors for the final time.
The new state of the art hospital at Southmead cost around £430 million and took more than a decade to plan.
The Accident and Emergency Department at Frenchay Hospital near Bristol has closed overnight - as the new facility at Southmead opens to the public.
The doors shut at 2 am this morning as the new Southmead building began taking in patients. Ambulances were on divert for 5 hours to the BRI while the handover took place.