Cossham Hospital set to re-open after £19m refurbishment
Cossham Hospital is set to re-open its doors to patients after a £19 million refurbishment.
The Kingswood hospital was saved after the community fought proposals for its closure made in 2004.
And after a series of delays the community hospital will open on January 28, providing services for patients closer to their homes.
The hospital will be home to the city’s first midwife led birth-centre as well as diagnostic services including X-ray, ultrasound, MRI and CT scanning, outpatient clinics and therapies.
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As reported in The Post last month a new renal dialysis unit has already opened on the Cossham Hospital site for kidney patients.
Cossham Memorial Hospital was built in 1907 as a memorial to Handel Cossham who bequeathed it to the people of Kingswood.
The refurbishment has been sensitive to original features from the building with the tower and front of the building restored.
Dr Stephen Illingworth, interim chairman of the South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, which takes over the role of NHS South Gloucestershire in April 2013, said: “The reopening of Cossham Hospital will be a fantastic boost for local people who can now access a wide range of outpatient and diagnostic services on their doorstep.
“Cossham will now deliver twice as many outpatient appointments, diagnostic and therapy services as before, in a facility that has preserved the best of the old beautiful building whilst creating modern facilities inside.
“We would like to thank everyone who has worked so hard to create this wonderful facility, especially the members of the public who have given their energy, time and enthusiasm.”
North Bristol NHS Trust will run the services from Cossham.
Sasha Karakusevic, the trust’s chief operating officer, said: “One of the main aims of refurbishing Cossham Hospital was to provide healthcare closer to people’s homes.
“The new facilities are fresh, modern and welcoming. Feedback from patients who have already been using the dialysis unit has been fantastic and we’re confident that local people, who hold the hospital very close to their hearts, will be equally appreciative.”
Roy Tippett, chairman of the Cossham Hospital League of Friends, said: “Handel Cossham’s will provided a hospital for the ‘treatment and relief of sick and injured persons of both sexes’.
“The hospital and its staff have certainly carried out this wish and created a welcoming atmosphere which aids the healing process. Cossham Memorial Hospital still looks the same from the outside but is now a modern hospital on the inside. I’m sure Handel will have given his full approval.”