South Bristol NHS Community Hospital will have at
least 40 clinics seeing around 600 patients a week. More than 100
investigations will be carried out daily and staff will beam images
directly to the Bristol Royal Infirmary for specialist advice.
Highly specialised investigations and tests will still be carried
out at Bristol Royal Infirmary and other city centre hospitals, but
many people referred to the community hospital will be able to have
their test and get their results locally.
Patients will be able to have appointments with GPs, GPs with a
special interest in certain conditions, nurses and therapists and
hospital consultants. These staff will have specialist skills and
training and will be able to see and investigate people with a
variety of health problems. These changes will free-up highly
specialised consultants for the most complicated cases and help to
ensure that waiting times for everybody continue to fall.
The clinics available at South Bristol NHS Community Hospital
will include those in a number of specialities, for example:
• general surgery and urology - general operations and
specialist treatment of urinary and male reproductive organs
• orthopaedics - disease and injury of the bones
• cardiology - diseases of the heart
• dermatology - diseases of the skin
• gynaecology - treatment and care of female reproductive
• general medicine and care of the elderly
• ophthalmology - assessment for cataract surgery and minor
eye operations e.g. eye-lid surgery.