STRUCTURE: Urology services in Bristol are on course to be centralised at North Bristol Trust by the end of the year.

Currently NBT and University Hospitals Bristol Foundation Trust both provide and manage inpatient, daycase and outpatient urology services, with complex urology cancer surgery consolidated into Southmead Hospital.

Under the proposals, all of the surgical inpatient and day case urology services wil be consolidated to NBT’s Southmead Hospital, the “hub”, with “spoke” sites providing routine outpatient appointments and some diagnostic services at locations across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

The services are worth about £17m annually of which £12m was at NBT during 2011-12. In total 18 staff will transfer from UH Bristol to NBT.

If the proposals are approved by both trust boards and local overview and scrutiny committees the services will move in December. The reconfiguration is part of a bigger plan for consolidation of services between the two trusts which are currently engaged in discussions about merger.