Please be aware that 116 visitor parking spaces will no longer be available directly outside the main entrance from Monday, 31 August. This is as preparations begin ahead of construction work on the Adult Assessment Unit, as part of the new Medical and Surgical Assessment Centre.
The visitor parking spaces will instead be provided in the new car park on the site of the former Social Club, with 69 spaces. This is opposite the ambulance canopy at the front of the hospital. Please note that while this car park was previously for staff, it will now be designated for patients only. Staff will continue to use alternative staff parking on the site.
There is also additional visitor capacity provided across the other car parks in the hospital, which will be clearly signposted.
In addition, six disabled bays at the front of the hospital will be relocated to the main car park. There will be a new crossing to ensure that the bays are as close as possible to the hospital entrance and clearly accessible.
Patients, visitors and staff will continue to be able to easily access the building via the footpaths provided. All will also be able to access the rear of the building by the roadway as usual.
The new Medical and Surgical Assessment Centre will be a two-storey extension adjacent to the emergency department (ED) at the front of the hospital and next to Charnley Ward. This will improve the facilities available for our patients ahead of the completion of the new hospital.
Once the preparations are complete, construction on the new centre is due to start in late September. It is set to fully open by the end of December for the first floor and in January for the ground floor. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience or noise disruption while work is carried out.