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12 May 2014



The new Nuffield Health Bristol Hospital, The Chesterfield, has now opened, and is welcoming patients into its impressive complex, which combines brand new clinical buildings with the beautifully converted listed Georgian centrepiece, Clifton Court.  The hospital is a Centre of Excellence for minimally invasive keyhole surgery, and the first fully digital hospital in the South West.  Although the clinical building is new and purpose-built, the design included the sympathetic  refurbishment of an impressive Georgian Grade II listed building at the entrance of the hospital complex, now used for meeting and consulting rooms.

The Chesterfield has three integrated digital operating theatres, plus a top of the range diagnostic centre including MRI, CT, Digital Mammography and High Definition Endoscopy. The integrated theatres were designed and equipped by KARL STORZ, and feature its advanced OR1 NEO, bringing together endoscopy, full HD camera technology, visualisation, documentation and communication.  This gives surgeons complete control over every aspect of their surgery, with all necessary information at their fingertips.

The theatres also feature Howorth’s Exflow EVOLUTION Screenless Ultra Clean Canopy.  The EVOLUTION is the ideal choice for use with digital technology as it operates without the need for traditional partial walls, ensuring that the area within the operating site clean zone is kept as clear as possible for monitors and touchscreens, without compromising on the controlled airflow that ensures air over the wound site is kept virtually free of potentially lethal micro organisms.

The theatres at The Chesterfield are particularly innovative as the decision was made to create more space by the removal of anaesthetic rooms, with the anaesthetic instead being delivered in the theatre itself.  This involved a reconfiguration of the space and the “softening” of the theatre through the use of dimmable blue lighting and music from iPods, all combining to create a more relaxed, less clinical environment for the patient. This reconfiguration also leaves more circulating space for the clinical team.

The Chesterfield represents a £20 million investment in Bristol’s wellbeing, and confirms Nuffield Health’s position as a leading force in the development and implementation of innovative hospital design and facilities.