COMMERCIAL: North Bristol Trust has received eight pre qualification questionnaires in response to its tender for a partner to build and health and social care centre and provide nursing services.

A report to the South Gloucestershire Council overview and scrutiny committee said a “couple” of the responses were from individual organisations but the majority were from consortiums. It said interest had been drawn from a “very encouraging field”.

It is envisaged the centre will have a community hospital wing, with therapies provided by NHS staff employed by the trust, and a nursing home wing. The trust wants the partner to provide nursing care across the whole building.

The report to the council also revealed the trust has slightly relaxed the timetable for the development of the new centre, which will be built on the site of the Frenchay Hospital when the services move into the new private finance initiative hospital at the trust’s Southmead site. Originally, the plan was the new centre to open in the spring of 2014 but this has now been put back to the end of the year.

The report said this was to allow for time for the partner to achieve detailed planning consent and secure finance as well as the possibility of a judicial review