A major refurbishment of North Mid’s A&E means we will be making some temporary changes in the main Trust car park and to some of the patient waiting areas in outpatients for a few weeks.
The re-development will increase our capacity by up to 20% when it is finished in late December, and ensure our waiting areas, treatment rooms and clinical bays are equipped to help us see patients faster.
In the meantime, all our clinical and support staff are working hard to ensure it’s ‘business as usual’ for emergency care, while the building work and redevelopment takes place around them. You can help by ensuring you only come to A&E for genuine emergencies, and using alternative healthcare services like evening and weekend GP appointments and NHS111 where possible.
Please bear with us, especially if we have to make short-term or last-minute changes in parts of the hospital to ensure that essential works – both building work and emergency health care – can happen safely. As you would expect, the safety of all our patients, visitors and staff is our top priority.
We will temporarily be closing three parking spaces in the main car park, to allow us to safely remove more than 1,000 tonnes of earth and rubble in order to make room for a new mental health building.
A team of six contractors will start removing the material – more than 100 wheelie bins a day – from an inner courtyard on Wednesday 7 November, and safely taking it to a row of skips in the car park.
We will make sure that safety fencing and other barriers are in place in the car park and outpatient clinics to protect patients and staff while we carry out this work. Our building contractors and Trust staff will also be on hand to ensure the work happens safely and any impact on services is kept to an absolute minimum.
Please follow instructions from the construction team and Trust staff if we ask you to wait for a short while or use a different route around the Trust on a temporary basis.
You can follow the progress of the re-development and refurbishment on our social media channels.