Staff at the new Cossham Hospital in Kingswood, were overwhelmed by thousands of people who turned up for the open day last Saturday. Local residents were shown around the Radiology, Physiotherapy, and Outpatients Departments. Some people saw the new Birthing Unit but as the unit is now open, and fully functioning, not all visitors were able to see the 4 en-suite rooms, each with a water pool, communal kitchen and dining area, as two mothers were in labour at the time. There are also facilities for partners to stay overnight and families and friends to visit. To date, over 40 babies have come into the world at the centre and all will have their birth certificate showing they were born at Cossham Hospital.
The MRI scanner which has normally been outside the hospital building now has an entranceway integrated into the main structure, enabling patients to walk from one to the other under cover. The CT scanner is the newest and most up to date in the North Bristol Trust, and the new X-ray machine’s results can be interpreted straight away. However there will still be a two week wait for patients wishing to know the outcome of these appointments. This is due to the administration and sending of letters to patients and doctors.
A bust of Handel Cossham (the founder of the hospital) is proudly exhibited in the reception area, near the new café. Margaret Lovell from Hanham, who sculpted the bronze, said she was asked to make the bronze head and was proud to do so, as her mother, Eileen Lovell, was a member of the hospital’s League of Friends. Margaret has created a magnificent reminder of the founder with just one picture to work from.
John Lord, ex-chairman of Kingswood Council and major campaigner in the fight to keep Cossham open said: “It is absolutely fabulous to be here today and see so many people observing at first hand the services the hospital will provide.”
The Cossham development, like the new health care centre at Yate, will be part of a network of community hospitals and healthcare centres being created throughout Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset. These will provide people with a wider range of health-care nearer to where they live.