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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.

First patients arrive at new Southmead Hospital

After more than a decade of planning and years of construction, the first patients are finally being tranfered into the new multi million pound building at Southmead Hospital.

The Brunel Building is designed to offer an improved patient experience compared to older wards on the site.

Our Health Correspondent Katie Rowlett followed one patient as she made the big move.

First patients for new building at Southmead

The first patients will be moved into the new building at Southmead Hospital in Bristol today.

The Brunel Building is designed to offer an improved patient experience. There are 800 beds, three quarters of which are in single rooms. The rest are in fours, on single-sex wards.

Jo Anyon, Move Co-ordinator at Southmead, says it will mean patients will have the peace and quiet to help them get better.


TV's "One Born Every Minute" comes to Bristol

Now it's not everyones cup of tea but many mothers are choosing to have the birth of their child filmed as part of a documentary being made at a hospital in Bristol.

Channel Four's hugely popular "One Born Every Minute" is currently shooting its fifth series at Southmead Hospital, where the delivery suite has around 6,000 births a year.

Katie Rowlett went to watch the filming in progress - and to meet some of the brand new stars.

The One Born Every Minute team are looking for more mothers-to-be from the region to take part in filming.

If you are a pregnant mum due anytime between now and Christmas please contact them on their website or give them a call on 0117 9593238 for a chat in complete confidence.

They are looking for people planning to give birth at Southmead or Cossham Hospitals but are also interested in home births in the Bristol area.

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