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Cossham Hospital
Cossham Hospital Main Entrance

Contact Details

Cossham Hospital, Lodge Road, Kingswood BS15 1LF
Tel: 0117 340 8400
Web: nbt.nhs.uk/find-us/cossham-hospital

League of Friends of Cossham Hospital

The League of Friends was formed in 1966 and has been keen to ensure it mobilises, encourages, fosters and maintains the interest of the public and the patients in supporting the work of Cossham Hospital by voluntary service.

It does this by running a refreshment facility and a number of fundraising events in order to be able to purchase items for the newly refurbished hospital to enhance the care of patients.

The League of Friends is a registered charity no 247142. We have a membership of 120 and a Management Committee of 14.

Currently we meet on a monthly basis usually the 2nd Tuesday of the month. A link meeting, to share with the membership, is held on the following Thursday.

We would like to attract younger adults to the League of Friends to enable us to be sustainable in the long term. We are keen to ensure we remain relevant to the public and patients of Cossham and to the hospital professionals.

To contact the League of Friends, please email Brian Wensley, Interim Chair .

Rooms for Hire

There are two bookable rooms at Cossham since the recent refurbishment, available for corporate meetings, slimming/weight groups, zumba etc.

For more information, call 0117 3408400 or use the clickable links above.

Cossham Hospital flag

Fly the Flag at Cossham Hospital

Cossham Hospital's flagpole has been recently re-instated, and the flag is raised upon request for Anniversaries, Birthdays, In Memory Of, and other memorable days.

The hospital requests a minimum donation of £5 to have the flag raised for the requested day, and the person's details/reason for flying the flag are displayed on the Flagpole display board in the main reception area.

All proceeds go the the League Of Friends charity.

Cossham Hospital - new base for South Gloucestershire’s GP out of hours service

Cossham Hospital is a new base for South Gloucestershire’s GP out of hours service.

The service provides telephone advice and face-to-face consultations with a GP or nurse outside normal opening hours for GP surgeries, and includes home visits for patients who are housebound.

The service at Cossham operates overnight from 6.30pm to 8am Monday - Friday and 24 hours a day over weekends and public holidays. Access to the service is through NHS-111.

Plans are also being finalised to provide a new wounds dressing weekend service at Cossham Hospital from July 2014. This is for patients from across South Gloucestershire whose wounds are being managed at their local GP surgery and who require the dressing to be changed at weekends. A similar service currently operating at Orchard Medical Centre will continue on Saturday mornings until June 30, 2014.

Dr Jonathan Hayes, Chairman of South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which plans and buys local health care, said: “This new location for out of hours services at Cossham Hospital places the service at the heart of a busy population centre covering Kingswood and the surrounding area, including parts of Bristol. We want local patients to get the right urgent care treatment as soon as possible and as close to their homes as possible and to avoid having to attend a busy hospital A&E department.”

There will be opportunities for local people to put forward their views, including events and the option to feedback via email or in writing via the CCG’s website www.southgloucestershireccg.nhs.uk.

Following the transfer of these services to Cossham Hospital, Orchard Medical Centre will continue to provide a full range of services for its own registered patients, six days a week. The practice list is open and new patients are welcome to join.

The GP out of hours’ service also operates at Yate and Southmead hospitals.

Get involved in developing plans for urgent care

South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is inviting local people to get involved in developing plans about the role of Cossham Hospital in delivering urgent care services.

The CCG is looking at the best way to provide urgent care services for patients across South Gloucestershire, with particular focus on Kingswood and surrounding area. Urgent care refers to advice, diagnosis and treatment that are needed quickly, typically within 24 hours – it does not refer to emergencies that need immediate attention.

Most urgent care is provided by GPs and nurses at local surgeries and health centres. These services can also be accessed overnight and at weekends through the NHS 111 telephone service. Other urgent care services currently available for South Gloucestershire patients include minor injuries units at West Gate Health Centre in Yate and at Southmead Hospital.

As well as the new out of hours service, Cossham Hospital now offers a rapid access outpatient clinic, aimed at older people. This new service means that GPs will be able to refer patients straight to a specialist geriatric consultant at short notice, helping patients avoid having to go into hospital Accident and Emergency Departments at Southmead or the Bristol Royal Infirmary.

Alongside these new services, the CCG is considering what other urgent care services could be provided from Cossham Hospital, including a walk-in service for minor injuries.

Dr Jonathan Hayes, Chairman of South Gloucestershire CCG, said: “Our aim, as local GPs leading the CCG, is for patients to get the right treatment as soon as possible and as close to their homes as possible, and for them to avoid unnecessary hospital admissions.

“We want to talk to local people, listen to their experiences of urgent care and involve them in the decision-making process, so that together we can plan to spend our money in a way that will benefit the local community most. We’re very aware of the strong feelings of some local people about a minor injuries unit and we will, of course, be taking these into consideration.”

The CCG will be involving local people, health care providers and voluntary groups in the engagement process and will also be working closely with the neighbouring CCG in Bristol. Further national guidance about best practice in urgent care is also expected soon and this will be considered when available.

There will be opportunities for local people to put forward their views, including events and the option to feedback via email or in writing via the CCG’s website www.southgloucestershireccg.nhs.uk.

Cossham Hospital Redevelopment

Cossham Memorial Hospital in Kingswood has re-opened its doors to patients after an extensive refurbishment by NHS South Gloucestershire.

Built in 1907, the hospital is a distinctive building with many features that have been sensitively preserved for future generations to enjoy, including the tower and the frontage.

The building now has new, modern and fully accessible facilities from which the NHS will deliver double the amount of outpatient appointments, meaning that many local people no longer have travel to an acute hospital to see their consultant.

Birthing Pool Room

Key new departments include the area’s first stand-alone, midwife-led birth centre and a brand-new renal dialysis unit - which opened to patients in October 2012.

The hospital will also have enhanced x-ray, ultrasound, MRI and CT scanning facilities and will be able to offer twice as many physiotherapy appointments than before.  

It is estimated that the number of patient visits to Cossham Hospital will double. Most of these patients will be residents of Kingswood and East Bristol.

Dr Stephen Illingworth, interim Chair of the South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, which takes over the role of NHS South Gloucestershire in April 2013, said: “The reopening of Cossham Hosptial will be a fantastic boost for local people who can now access a wide range of outpatient and diagnostic services on their doorstep. Cossham will now deliver twice as many outpatient appointments, diagnostic and therapy services as before, in a facility that has preserved the best of the old beautiful building whilst creating modern facilities inside.

“We would like to thank everyone who has worked so hard to create this wonderful facility, especially the members of the public who have given their energy, time and enthusiasm.”

North Bristol NHS Trust will run the services from Cossham. Sasha Karakusevic, the Trust’s Chief Operating Officer, said: “The re-opening of Cossham Hospital is a significant part of the Bristol Health Services Plan, one of the main aims of which was to provide healthcare closer to people’s homes.

“The new facilities are fresh, modern and welcoming. Feedback from patients who have already been using the dialysis unit has been fantastic and we’re confident that local people, who hold the hospital very close to their hearts, will be equally appreciative.”

Renal Dialysis Station

The Cossham Dialysis Unit has the capacity to provide care for 96 patients, with 24 dialysis stations.

These new facilities also include a dedicated area to supporting patients who wish to perform their own dialysis within the unit and provide a training area for patients who plan to dialyse in their own homes.

The location of the unit also means that the amount of travelling time for patients presently attending for treatment at dialysis units and renal outpatients on the Southmead Hospital site and Knowle West Health Park will be significantly reduced.

Cossham Birth Centre will be the first free-standing birth centre in the area, offering an alternative to home or the traditional hospital based birth setting.

North Bristol NHS Trust has been taking bookings from healthy women with a straightforward pregnancy in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset who would like to give birth at Cossham Birth Centre.

The birth centre is led by an experienced team of NHS midwives employed by North Bristol NHS Trust and promotes natural childbirth.

The refurbishment of Cossham Memorial Hospital followed detailed consultation with local people and the NHS to look at the healthcare needs of the population in Kingswood and East Bristol. Half of the members of the original Project Board came from outside the NHS, ensuring that it reflected a wide range of views.

Roy Tippett, Chairman of the Cossham Hospital League of Friends, said: “Handel Cossham’s will provided a hospital for the ‘treatment and relief of sick and injured persons of both sexes’.

“The hospital and its staff have certainly carried out this wish and created a welcoming atmosphere which aids the healing process. Cossham Memorial Hospital still looks the same from the outside but is now a modern hospital on the inside. I’m sure Handel will have given his full approval.”

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