New Thornbury Outpatients centre opens in town centre as hospital closes for final time
THORNBURY Hospital is closing to patients for the final time, as new facilities for outpatients open in the town centre next week.
The new base at the St Mary's Centre, known as Thornbury Outpatients, is due to open to patients for the first time on Monday December 23.
The opening completes the relocation of services from the existing 1920s hospital building, which North Bristol NHS Trust announced was "not fit for purpose". It had recently been blighted by anti-social behaviour.
The outpatient and community midwifery facilities will be based in the former Multiple Sclerosis People’s Help charity shop, pictured, in St Mary Street, which will be open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.
The NHS trust says the old hospital building in Eastland Road will be kept secure until a decision is reached on its future.
Trust director of estates facilities and capital planning Simon Wood said: “We are very pleased to be able to offer local people their outpatient services from much better premises, in a convenient location with good access.”
The trust says Thornbury Outpatients is accessible to people with disabilities, including those in a wheelchair, and there is free car parking at Castle Court, Rock Street and Mary Street. The centre is served by eight bus routes which are within walking distance.
However, concerns were raised at a South Gloucestershire Council health scrutiny committee meeting in June that car parks nearby are already very busy and patients arriving by car might have problems finding a space.
South Gloucestershire area director for NHS Bristol, North Somerset & South Gloucestershire CCG Dave Jarrett said: “We’re grateful to North Bristol NHS Trust staff, and to the League of Friends, for their hard work in continuing to provide services in Thornbury Hospital in recent years, despite the poor condition of the hospital buildings.
“We’re delighted that these valued local services have a new, accessible and secure home in Thornbury Town Centre.”
Several pieces of equipment have been donated by the Thornbury and District League of Friends.
Chair Shirley Holloway said: “It gives us great pleasure to provide a jaundice monitor and educational TV screen, together with a coffee machine for the staff. We are sure they will be of use.”
Plans for a new £10 million heath centre for Thornbury are still awaiting funding.
Patients can contact the new facility between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, on 01454 415 750.