A NEW car park is due to open at a Yorkshire hospital today following concerns about overcrowding on the site.
For years there have been numerous complaints from visitors, staff and patients at Scarborough Hospital over the limited parking available on site and bosses hope the move to open the 262-space car park will make life considerably easier.
James Hayward, York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust’s programme director for capital and infrastructure, said: “We are delighted to see the opening of this car park as it has taken over four years of hard work and planning to come to fruition.
“The investment in the car park shows the solid intention of the trust to make continued and sustainable improvements for patients coming to Scarborough Hospital.”
Following feedback from patients, the car park also uses a new payment system. It accepts card and cash payments and users will pay at the end of their visit in an effort to alleviate concerns about tickets running out.
The new car park is located to the left of the main entrance and over the coming months the trust will carry out further work to improve traffic flow and disabled parking on site.
NHS chiefs have announced that more than £880,000 of funding has been secured to help Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust use technology to provide better mental health services for people in parts of North Yorkshire, County Durham and Teesside.
The money will be used to ensure the electronic transfer of information such as e-discharge letters and GP correspondence – to allow GP’s computer systems to integrate with the trust’s systems so information can be more easily shared.
It will also be used to equip nursing staff with wi-fi enabled laptops so they can securely access trust systems initially from trust premises and potentially from other locations in the future, allowing records to be quickly updated.