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New "super" hospital defends itself against critics

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.

Southmead's "super" hospital is officially open

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.

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Bristol's new Southmead hospital to officially open

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.

Emotional farewell at Frenchay A and E

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:

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First patients arrive at £430m hospital

The new Southmead Hospital has now begun taking in-patients Credit: ITV News West Country

Southmead building began taking in-patients overnight as Frenchay closed its A&E doors for the final time.

The latest technology has been installed in the £430m hospital Credit: ITV News West Country

The new state of the art hospital at Southmead cost around £430 million and took more than a decade to plan.

Frenchay A&E closes as patients head to Southmead

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 to Frenchay A&E shut at 2 am Credit: ITV News West Country

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.

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