Please ensure that the twice formally approved Frenchay Community Hospital, with outpatients and diagnostics, is delivered by South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, as promised in 2005 and 2010. This facility is an essential part of the patient pathway into and out of Southmead Hospital and is vital in order to prevent bed-blocking in Southmead and long waits by patients for treatment.
Why is this important?
In 2005, it was decided that an new acute hospital be built at Southmead together with a community hospital on the Frenchay site. The new hospital has only 800 beds where once there were 1400 beds: we have high and increasing numbers of frail and elderly residents, many with dementia: there are to be 28,000 new dwellings in the near future. Southmead is unable to discharge patients after treatment because there is no appropriate facility for them due to the lack of a community hospital at Frenchay and it cannot achieve a patient flow through Southmead because of these issues.