COMMERCIAL: Four leading high street reatilers are to open stores in Bristol Royal Infirmary’s new Welcome Centre after signing contracts with University Hospitals Bristol Foundation Trust.

Costa Coffee, WH Smith, Marks and Spencer and Sock Shop will all run premises in the £5m centre which is due to open at the end of the year. It is being funded through a public private partnership and will provide income to support the delivery of patient care. 

Deborah Lee, director of strategic development, said: “Alongside the new retailers there will be other facilities for patients including an outpatient booking service, patient support and complaints service and patient information service; all of which have been made possible through the income we will receive from the retailers.”