Designs for Bridgwater Hospital revealed

Designs for Bridgwater Hospital revealed

Designs for Bridgwater Hospital revealed

Designs for Bridgwater Hospital revealed

First published in Bridgwater Area News

THE first glimpses of what Bridgwater’s new hospital could look like have been revealed this week, and the Mercury wants to know what you think.

Site preparation work is continuing at the hospital site off Bower Lane, ahead of a £33million building project.

Somerset Primary Care Trust has shown the Mercury artist impressions revealing the proposed hospital entrance, and the view from the M5.

The hospital will have separate sections for adult physiotherapy, radiology, a minor treatment unit, adult rehabilitation, a day surgery, an out-patient unit and smaller areas devoted to dental services, social services and a pharmacy.

It will have 30 inpatient beds and an outpatient clinic which is expected to see more than 62,000 patients each year, more than twice the number currently seen at Bridgwater Hospital.

The hospital could welcome its first patients in the autumn of 2014.

What do you make of the proposed design? E-mail newsdesk@bridgwatermercury.co.uk, or comment on this story

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11:33am Mon 3 Sep 12

jimee says...

About time we got proper facilities in Bridgwater.
About time we got proper facilities in Bridgwater. jimee
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1:36pm Mon 3 Sep 12

frags27 says...

As much as I hate to say it makes no difference to many people its not an A & E so people will still have to go to Musgrove anyway. I just hope people still like the nice new design when they realise the chaos of the road system being built, like a roundabout mini one at the entrance off Bower Lane NOT Bath Road. Likely more traffic lights to turn into Whitfield Lane where the main junction is as well. Another waste of green land gone, and the whole of Bower Lane is going to be shut both ends for more than a month that is nice for us locals as well.
As much as I hate to say it makes no difference to many people its not an A & E so people will still have to go to Musgrove anyway. I just hope people still like the nice new design when they realise the chaos of the road system being built, like a roundabout mini one at the entrance off Bower Lane NOT Bath Road. Likely more traffic lights to turn into Whitfield Lane where the main junction is as well. Another waste of green land gone, and the whole of Bower Lane is going to be shut both ends for more than a month that is nice for us locals as well. frags27
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4:29pm Mon 3 Sep 12

smithy99 says...

The new Hospital will not have an A&E department. Therefore It won't make much of a difference to local people.

It will be beneficial for local people to visit relatives but doesn't that happen already in the current one?

The only positive thing I can grasp from this whole shambles is that 'hopefully' they will employ local builders and local contractors in the construction. Oh and also I've just spotted that they will have an day surgery facility which is positive.

Why oh why don't they do what the majority of people actually need and that is an A&E department.
The new Hospital will not have an A&E department. Therefore It won't make much of a difference to local people. It will be beneficial for local people to visit relatives but doesn't that happen already in the current one? The only positive thing I can grasp from this whole shambles is that 'hopefully' they will employ local builders and local contractors in the construction. Oh and also I've just spotted that they will have an day surgery facility which is positive. Why oh why don't they do what the majority of people actually need and that is an A&E department. smithy99
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1:35pm Tue 4 Sep 12

Karen G says...

I am really disappointment that the current COMMUNITY Hospital will be moving out of town. Is that not the point of a Community Hospital?
I saw a little old lady with a walking stick and a bunch of flowers yesterday heading towards the hospital and thought when they take the hospital out of town she will not be able to visit her friend or who ever it is. How sad.
WHY IS EVERYTHING MOVING OUT OF TOWN. The government etc talk about us not using cars but when everything is out of town, what are people supposed to do!!!!
We need the heart of Bridgwater back again.
Yours, wanting the heart put back in Bridgwater.
I am really disappointment that the current COMMUNITY Hospital will be moving out of town. Is that not the point of a Community Hospital? I saw a little old lady with a walking stick and a bunch of flowers yesterday heading towards the hospital and thought when they take the hospital out of town she will not be able to visit her friend or who ever it is. How sad. WHY IS EVERYTHING MOVING OUT OF TOWN. The government etc talk about us not using cars but when everything is out of town, what are people supposed to do!!!! We need the heart of Bridgwater back again. Yours, wanting the heart put back in Bridgwater. Karen G
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8:50pm Tue 4 Sep 12

frags27 says...

Karen G couldn't agree with you more. The sad fact is they expect people like the little old lady to either jump on a bus, cycle, walk, or pay a lot of money to park the car in a short stay car park. They don't really care that is a good mile or so, its 1 mile to Sainsburys. I can just see people who are having physio for back issues or shoulder injuries walking in the lovely drop down kerbs to allow them to cross the road. Cyclists will be getting a cycle lane some of the way, one thing is for sure after visiting the Hospital you won't have anything to add to the town center as you are too far away and will just go home afterwards. At least the current facility did actually encourage people to do something in the town even if they visited Asda. Bower is the wrong area for this, its too far out, has already had accidents recently and people killed due to an increase in Morrisons lorries and due to get more houses from the Kingsdown housing estate. All of which will grind the area to a halt.
Karen G couldn't agree with you more. The sad fact is they expect people like the little old lady to either jump on a bus, cycle, walk, or pay a lot of money to park the car in a short stay car park. They don't really care that is a good mile or so, its 1 mile to Sainsburys. I can just see people who are having physio for back issues or shoulder injuries walking in the lovely drop down kerbs to allow them to cross the road. Cyclists will be getting a cycle lane some of the way, one thing is for sure after visiting the Hospital you won't have anything to add to the town center as you are too far away and will just go home afterwards. At least the current facility did actually encourage people to do something in the town even if they visited Asda. Bower is the wrong area for this, its too far out, has already had accidents recently and people killed due to an increase in Morrisons lorries and due to get more houses from the Kingsdown housing estate. All of which will grind the area to a halt. frags27
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9:53pm Wed 5 Sep 12

MR.GOF says...

jimee wrote:
About time we got proper facilities in Bridgwater.
Are you taking the p-ss!what operations will they do?you will still have to go to tauton if you say lose a finger then need an op.33million pounds for a hospital for the o.a.p`s.thats nice.this town needs more than that.
[quote][p][bold]jimee[/bold] wrote: About time we got proper facilities in Bridgwater.[/p][/quote]Are you taking the p-ss!what operations will they do?you will still have to go to tauton if you say lose a finger then need an op.33million pounds for a hospital for the o.a.p`s.thats nice.this town needs more than that. MR.GOF
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7:35am Thu 6 Sep 12

rich1973 says...

30 beds what's the point.
30 beds what's the point. rich1973
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11:01am Thu 6 Sep 12

artful280 says...

If you read the article the hospital will have an MIU dept , which is not a full A&E but can cope with the majority of things that you would go to an A&E for.
If you read the article the hospital will have an MIU dept , which is not a full A&E but can cope with the majority of things that you would go to an A&E for. artful280
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1:55pm Thu 6 Sep 12

swjoduk says...

Not everyone knows what a Minor Injury Unit caters for, I certainly do not, does that include factures for example?
Not everyone knows what a Minor Injury Unit caters for, I certainly do not, does that include factures for example? swjoduk
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2:53pm Thu 6 Sep 12

the voice of common sense says...

This hospital is being funded by a PFI agreement. When it runs out of money to pay the bills, services will be cut, the first to go will be the MIU followed by outpatient clinics. Then we will have to go to taunton for everything, which is what SHA want.

Sorry for repeating myself, but watch this space
This hospital is being funded by a PFI agreement. When it runs out of money to pay the bills, services will be cut, the first to go will be the MIU followed by outpatient clinics. Then we will have to go to taunton for everything, which is what SHA want. Sorry for repeating myself, but watch this space the voice of common sense
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5:02pm Thu 6 Sep 12

artful280 says...

swjoduk wrote:
Not everyone knows what a Minor Injury Unit caters for, I certainly do not, does that include factures for example?
A Minor Injury Unit is set up to deal with the following :

sprains and strains
broken bones
wound infections
minor burns and scalds
minor head injuries
insect and animal bites
minor eye injuries
injuries to the back, shoulder and chest.

If they cant deal with it they pass on to Musgrove . They do plastering, and Bridgwater has an XRay to which they refer.

My wife is a Staff Nurse there and they see all sorts of things.
[quote][p][bold]swjoduk[/bold] wrote: Not everyone knows what a Minor Injury Unit caters for, I certainly do not, does that include factures for example?[/p][/quote]A Minor Injury Unit is set up to deal with the following : sprains and strains broken bones wound infections minor burns and scalds minor head injuries insect and animal bites minor eye injuries injuries to the back, shoulder and chest. If they cant deal with it they pass on to Musgrove . They do plastering, and Bridgwater has an XRay to which they refer. My wife is a Staff Nurse there and they see all sorts of things. artful280
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5:52pm Thu 6 Sep 12

yesman says...

How is this being paid for? By the already overworked over stressed nurses at Bridgwater hospital having to reapply for their jobs and take increment & enhancement cuts. No time for patient care they are typing on computers.
How is this being paid for? By the already overworked over stressed nurses at Bridgwater hospital having to reapply for their jobs and take increment & enhancement cuts. No time for patient care they are typing on computers. yesman
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7:23pm Thu 6 Sep 12

frags27 says...

Perhaps someone would like to come round and have a look at the god knows how big crane that is lit up like a Xmas Tree at night saying NHS that overlooks my garden and let me know on what plan it says there is a crane this big that overlooks my property. Two years of complete hell but hey renting out house may be my best option at good rates. Not in my back yard thanks... 18 years i have been here and now I get a building construction site NHS or PFI who cares they have a lot to answer for and have no idea what us locals have to put up with and will have to put up with in the future. A joke
Perhaps someone would like to come round and have a look at the god knows how big crane that is lit up like a Xmas Tree at night saying NHS that overlooks my garden and let me know on what plan it says there is a crane this big that overlooks my property. Two years of complete hell but hey renting out house may be my best option at good rates. Not in my back yard thanks... 18 years i have been here and now I get a building construction site NHS or PFI who cares they have a lot to answer for and have no idea what us locals have to put up with and will have to put up with in the future. A joke frags27
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12:12pm Fri 7 Sep 12

teslafanatic says...

Like Frags 27 our house and garden has been lit up like a christmas tree and during the day all we hear is beeping and workmen shouting at each other, This is from seven in the morning till five in the evening, sometimes they do overtime and it drives you up the wall.
my neighbours are moving because they are fed up with the noise and vibration from the heavy machinary and because they don't get any peace anymore.

The traffic will be a nightmare and the bus service is already a joke and what will it be like when it is finished, sirens and road like racetracks, I can't wait.
Like Frags 27 our house and garden has been lit up like a christmas tree and during the day all we hear is beeping and workmen shouting at each other, This is from seven in the morning till five in the evening, sometimes they do overtime and it drives you up the wall. my neighbours are moving because they are fed up with the noise and vibration from the heavy machinary and because they don't get any peace anymore. The traffic will be a nightmare and the bus service is already a joke and what will it be like when it is finished, sirens and road like racetracks, I can't wait. teslafanatic
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