The building has new, modern and fully accessible facilities from which the NHS can now offer double the amount of outpatient appointments.
The refurbishment of the 106-year-old hospital followed detailed consultation with local people, and an NHS review, to look at the healthcare needs of the population in Kingswood and East Bristol.
The Cossham Hospital redevelopment is 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 healthcare nearer to where they live.
The refurbishment has kept many original features from the building, which first opened in 1907.
What services and clinics are at Cossham Hospital?
- physiotherapy and patient falls services
- the area's first midwife-led birth centre
- radiology service, including MRI
- a dialysis unit
- clinical and spinal assessment and treatment service (CATS and SATS)
- outpatients clinics including rheumatology, dermatology, cardiology, gastroenterology, urology, diabetes and respiratory medicine
Services at Cossham are provided by North Bristol NHS Trust, Sirona and BrisDoc.
What else is planned for Cossham?
In May 2014, Cossham Hospital became the local base for the GP out-of-hours service, which:
- operates Monday to Friday from 6.30pm until 8am and 24 hours a day over weekends and public holidays
- can be contacted through NHS 111 (dial 111)
This replaced the service provided at Frenchay Hospital following the closure of the main acute hospital.
Rapid access clinic for older people
Also since May 2014, the hospital has offered a rapid access outpatient clinic aimed at older people. This new service will mean that GPs will be able to refer patients straight to a specialist geriatric consultant at short notice, helping patients avoid having to go into A&E unnecessarily.
Wound dressing service
A new wound dressing weekend service at Cossham Hospital was also introduced from July 2014. This is for patients whose wounds are being managed at their local GP surgery and who require the dressing to be changed at weekends.