10 years of the Brunel building

SOUTHMEAD Hospital has been celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Brunel building.

Staff and services moved into the building over a couple of weeks in May 2014 and millions of patients and visitors have been through its doors over the last decade.

An exhibition of photos of people who work there is on show in the atrium. The pictures, which capture staff from a variety of departments including doctors, nurses, surgeons, therapists, domestics and catering staff, in different parts of the building, including the more behind the scenes areas that members of the public do not usually see, were taken by a group of students from UWE Bristol.

North Bristol NHS Trust is also celebrating ten years of the Move Maker volunteers.

The role was introduced for the opening of the Brunel building at Southmead Hospital and was originally intended to last for three weeks to help people navigate the new hospital. Today the team of about 100 volunteers volunteer over 60 hours a day on average, 52 weeks a year – including Christmas and bank holidays. Since May 2014, the Move Makers have collectively given 240,000 hours to Southmead Hospital.

Since  July 2015, they have transported more than 400,000 passengers in the atrium buggy.  The team pushes 50 outpatient or visitor wheelchairs each day. 

Steve Hams, Chief Nursing Officer, said: “We’re so proud to have this amazing team welcoming patients and visitors to our hospital. Their brightly coloured uniform makes them immediately identifiable, and their smile and warmth makes them unforgettable.”