21st Century care for local people

We are planning a complete redesign and rebuild of the Inpatient Unit to include a significant ground floor extension plus expansion of the first floor.

Considerable feasibility work has been done in the past three years, and we have considered and costed various options before agreeing on this scheme which includes:

  • 15 enlarged, ensuite, single bedrooms, all with a private garden terrace. This will address the need for a more homely environment offering enhanced patient privacy and dignity, where visitors can stay over with the patient in their room and where patients can welcome more visitors at any one time. We will dispense with all twin rooms.
  • Updated and enhanced environment for specialist multidisciplinary care and improved nursing visibility of high dependency patients.
  • Modern bathrooms, all ensuite to patient rooms, to enable improved nursing and personal care (only three rooms currently have ensuite facilities)


  • More rooms with bariatric facilities including heavy duty bed frames and lifting hoists to ensure strength and patient safety and to protect against injury to nursing staff. Currently just one bedroom has such facilities.
  • New central café and comfortable dining room overlooking the gardens providing an informal, non-clinical space for patients and their visitors to meet plus more rooms where families can gather in private.
  • Separate patient entrance and separate mortuary entrance, to provide additional privacy to the most sensitive Hospice operations.
  • More office accommodation to the first floor to free up the ground floor for patient and clinical use.
  • These changes will allow us to reach 95% occupancy and deliver 275 more bed days per year. Over the next 20 years, the Inpatient Unit is expected to support in excess of 6,250 patients and more than 18,500 friends and relatives.

Building work will commence at Brentry in October 2017 and be completed by October 2018 by which time the funding shortfall must be secured.

The Inpatient Unit will move to temporary premises at St Monica Trust’s new site in Keynsham for 12 months from October 2017 while works progress at the St Peter’s Hospice site in Brentry.