STRUCTURE: University Hospitals Bristol FT has approved a business case for the creation of a centralised, specialist, paediatric service in the city.

The £29m project will see services transferred from North Bristol Trust’s Frenchay Hospital site to the Bristol Royal Hospital For Children, which is run by the FT.

According to the business case, the project is “one of the trust’s key investment priorities” and “critical for the long term viability of the children’s hospital”.

A report to the foundation trust board stated: “The scheme is designed to ensure the burns service maintains current burn centre status for the region and to enable the achievement of future designations in relation to neurosciences, paediatric trauma and paediatric cardiac designation requirements.”

The centre will include a 16 bed neurosciences ward, a seven bed burn centre, specialist theatres for burns and neurosciences, a scanning suite with MRI, CT and X-Ray and five outpatient rooms. It will also be accessible to the air ambulance.

It is hoped the centre will open in 2014.