Bristol: The City and Bristol Royal Infirmary

Bristol is a youthful city in southwest England known for its artistic spirit and scenic landscapes across Leigh Woods near the Clifton Bridge. At the heart of Bristol is the Bristol Royal Infirmary (BRI), one of the oldest hospitals in the UK, with over 600 beds and one of the busiest A&E departments in England.

About Bristol Royal Infirmary

BRI is an extensive teaching hospital with close ties to the nearby University of Bristol and UWE Bristol. It delivers specialised care in acute medicine and surgery, trauma care, orthopaedics, critical care, and A&E services, and it is the go-to place in the southwest for cardiothoracic care.

Over the past decade, the BRI has been undergoing a major £80 million redevelopment project. This includes new inpatient wards, a big intensive care unit, a helipad, and a new main entrance and facade for the previously ugly Queen's Building. The hospital continues to modernise and provide excellent care for the Bristol community.

BRI's specialisms include:

  • Acute medicine and surgery.
  • Critical care.
  • Trauma.
  • Cardiology.
  • Orthopaedic surgery.
  • Accident and emergency services.
  • Paediatrics (alongside Bristol Royal Hospital for Children).

The CQC rates BRI as Overall: Good in its most recent report, with an Outstanding rating for Caring and Services for Children and young people.

Life For Nurses in Bristol

Bristol scene

Getting around Bristol is easy thanks to its compact size and excellent public transport with the city centre easy to navigate on foot, and there's an extensive bus network and local train services to help you explore different areas.

Cycling is also quite popular, with miles of dedicated bike trails and scenic routes along the Harbourside and the countryside.

For attractions, Bristol has plenty of museums, historic sites, and cultural venues to visit. Must-sees include the SS Great Britain ship and the Harbourside area, the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Arnolfini contemporary art gallery, and the historic Old Vic Theatre.

The central areas like Broadmead and Cabot Circus offer the widest selection of shops, restaurants, and nightlife, and just outside the city centre, Clifton, Redland, Cotham, and Southville have a trendy vibe with indie boutiques and cafes.

Bristol's living costs are relatively low compared to other major cities, making it a fantastic hub for international nurses looking to move to the UK. You can expect modern living and an abundance of housing suitable for families.

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Fun Facts About Bristol

  • Bristol is home to the world's oldest continuously operating theatre, the Bristol Old Vic, which opened in 1766.
  • Famous engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel designed the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge crossing the Avon Gorge.
  • Bristol was once one of the major centres of the transatlantic slave trade, and the statue of slave trader Edward Colston was torn down during Black Lives Matter protests in 2020.
  • Banksy, the mysterious and famous street artist, began spraying graffiti and stencils across Bristol in the 1990s, and his provocative works can still be spotted around the city (as well as the rest of the world!).
  • The popular chocolate bar Cadbury's Creme Egg was invented and first manufactured in Bristol by chocolatiers Fry's in 1971.