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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.

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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.

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