Open day at new Bridgwater hospital

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STAFF, locals and friends of Bridgwater Hospital had a chance to see the new hospital premises before it starts to receive patients on April 30.

The £33 million Bridgwater Community Hospital, just off Bower Lane, held an open day last Saturday for people to have a look around.

Victoria Eld, head of communications for Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said: “For the open day they made up the beds and the artwork is up.

“We have got photos and artwork from Bridgwater College – the students have got some great work.

“A sculpture has installed artwork for the central courtyard. In the centre of this courtyard is a magnificent metal sculpture with stained glass in it.”

League of Friends of Bridgwater Hospital members got to have a tour of the new building before the open day and they were hugely impressed by what was on offer.

Mary Porter, a member of the League of Friends of Bridgwater Hospital, told the Mercury: “The new hospital is absolutely brilliant.

“Everything is so modern and clean – it’s like a totally reformed world to walk into.

“All our members were taken around by matron. We just couldn’t wait to get there. We wanted to see every department.

“There’s quite a bit of work to do on the hospital but it’s nearly there.”

The League of Friends raised £66,000 to purchase some equipment for the new hospital, such as televisions for every bed in the place which will be free for the patients to use.

Ms Porter said: “The next thing we are looking at buying is a patio for a lovely balcony or veranda so patients can sit out there.”

Staff also got a chance to have a look around the building before the open day and they too were impressed.

Ms Eld said: “The staff were very excited – there was a real buzz about them.

“The porter did say he will need to start eating twice as many biscuits to get around though.

“The old hospital is quite a bit more compact in comparison. I don’t think he’s that worried ... he’s just using it as an opportunity to get more biscuits.”

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3:01am Thu 10 Apr 14

Three Pots Derek says...

Even though the Hospital is 'in my front garden' and i was a bit concerned I now have no concerns it is absolutely BRILLIANT couldn't fault it at all. I think all the people involved in it's construction deserve a pat on the back. They have certainly done a good job. It definately puts Bridgwater on the map for a good reason.

Well Done.
Even though the Hospital is 'in my front garden' and i was a bit concerned I now have no concerns it is absolutely BRILLIANT couldn't fault it at all. I think all the people involved in it's construction deserve a pat on the back. They have certainly done a good job. It definately puts Bridgwater on the map for a good reason. Well Done. Three Pots Derek
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8:35am Sun 13 Apr 14

swjoduk says...

Great to have a new hospital but would be concerned about parking if I lived in Bower as it sounds like they will be charging for parking. Surely there will need to be parking restrictions but this will affect the people living nearby to as they wont be able to park outside their homes all day.

Will be interesting to see how the old site is redeveloped.
Great to have a new hospital but would be concerned about parking if I lived in Bower as it sounds like they will be charging for parking. Surely there will need to be parking restrictions but this will affect the people living nearby to as they wont be able to park outside their homes all day. Will be interesting to see how the old site is redeveloped. swjoduk
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2:33am Mon 14 Apr 14

Three Pots Derek says...

swjoduk wrote:
Great to have a new hospital but would be concerned about parking if I lived in Bower as it sounds like they will be charging for parking. Surely there will need to be parking restrictions but this will affect the people living nearby to as they wont be able to park outside their homes all day.

Will be interesting to see how the old site is redeveloped.
Regarding the parking we were told on the Open Day that the parking was free, and plenty of it. Only charged at the old one as people parked there to go shopping in town. But Bower Lane is a long walk from the town.
Lets hope it stays free! And yes it will be interesting with the old site.
[quote][p][bold]swjoduk[/bold] wrote: Great to have a new hospital but would be concerned about parking if I lived in Bower as it sounds like they will be charging for parking. Surely there will need to be parking restrictions but this will affect the people living nearby to as they wont be able to park outside their homes all day. Will be interesting to see how the old site is redeveloped.[/p][/quote]Regarding the parking we were told on the Open Day that the parking was free, and plenty of it. Only charged at the old one as people parked there to go shopping in town. But Bower Lane is a long walk from the town. Lets hope it stays free! And yes it will be interesting with the old site. Three Pots Derek
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