"What stupid place to build a New Hospital!"

About: Southmead Hospital

This hospital should have been built on the Filton Link Road (site now earmarked for housing), it would have had excellent access from all direction (unlike Southmead - urban area with busy congested roads). You put two hospitals with all their facilities and staff onto one poorly accessed site. Twice the hospital means twice the visitors and customers, did no-one stop to think of what they were going to do with the cars that patients and visitors, let alone the staff. The hospital is grossly under supplied with parking facilities, and the charge an arm and leg for it. A hospital at the Filton link road could have had offsite park and ride, thus reducing the traffic on site( Bristol hospitals operate a free bus to their sites from around Bristol). Unless you live very locally, no-one is going to want to take public transport to this site, journey times are likely to be up to an hour and that's from only a few miles away. The planners of the hospital deserve to be sacked for incompetence !

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Response from Steven Sykes, Advice & Complaints Team Manager, North Bristol NHS Trust

Dear Anonymous - thank you for posting your views. Regrettably parking is difficult at the moment as the old buildings have yet to be demolished to make way for the new patient parking facilities. Phase two of the build will be completed next year in September when the parking pinch point will be resolved. I apologise that you have been inconvenienced.

Kind regards -

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Response from Southmead Hospital

Dear Anonymous – thank you for your feedback. I know many people were concerned by the positioning of the new hospital and it took many years and a great deal of consultation with all the authorities and pressure groups involved to refine the plans and select a location that satisfied the many requirements of the local Bristol population. Inevitably not everyone is happy with the outcome, but once all the phases of the development are complete The NHS, the Trust and Commissioning Bodies are confident that the new facilities will be an asset to Bristol. The current restrictive parking arrangements will be addressed when the second phase of the hospital build is completed next year and the old hospital buildings are demolished to provide the requisite level of patient parking. Kind Regards - Steve Sykes Advice and Complaints Team

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