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State-of-the-art cardiac centre opens its doors to the public


15 April, 2009  

People from across Bristol and the South West are being given an exclusive chance for a behind-the-scenes look at the region’s newest hospital.

The new £60m Bristol Heart Institute, part of University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust’s central Bristol hospitals complex, is throwing open its doors to the public on Saturday 25 April, between 11am and 3pm.

This is a rare opportunity for people to see a state-of-the-art hospital building before the patients move in this May.

The Bristol Heart Institute will for the first time bring cardiology and cardiac surgery services under one roof, allowing staff to provide more seamless care for heart patients. In an average year the centre will carry out around 1,700 heart operations, perform 4,000 cardiology procedures, and treat around 15,000 outpatients.

Dr Peter Wilde, Head of the Division of Specialised Services at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, says the new centre represents the future of healthcare.

He explains: “The Bristol Heart Institute has been designed very much in partnership with patients, staff and the people of Bristol and the South West. We wanted to give people an opportunity to see inside this stunning new facility in a way that simply would not be possible when it opens to patients later this year.”

The centre will also include three catheter laboratories and a state of the art hybrid theatre, three inpatient wards for cardiac patients, a Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU), Coronary Care Unit and an outpatients department.

At the Open Day, visitors will have the opportunity to see the catheter laboratories, Coronary Care Unit, wards and the spectacular atrium, on a special guided route. There’s no need to book. Visitors should turn up on the day and members of the Bristol Heart Institute team will be on hand to answer questions.

University Hospitals Bristol