What is happening?
Between October 2019 and July 2020 a new multi-deck car park will be built on the site of the current outpatients’ car park at St Peter’s. Parking has been a challenge on the site for many years and the new car park will help us to greatly improve the situation for patients, visitors and staff.
The new car park is just the first step of an exciting three year investment programme to radically transform services and facilities at Ashford and St Peter’s. This will include a new Integrated Assessment Unit to provide urgent and emergency care at St Peter’s, along with improved retail and catering facilities at both sites.
How will I be affected?
The overall number of parking spaces available to patients and visitors will remain the same so you should not experience any additional challenges in finding a space. From 1st October you will just need to park in a different location to usual and there will be signposting to direct you.
The current outpatients’ car park will be completely closed during the works and there will be no access for drop off / pick up or parking (including blue badge parking) in this area during this time.
Where will the alternative parking be?
The map shows the available parking for patients and visitors during the works.
There will be three main parking areas:
- The main car park is that marked as ‘Hazel Car Park’. This was previously used for staff parking but is now dedicated parking for patients and visitors. It is located on the left hand side as you drive up the road towards A&E.
- The top floor of the car park outside Abbey Wing will remain available to visitors.
- The small A&E car park will become parking for blue badge holders only.
There will still be 20 minutes free drop off in all of the visitor parking areas. All other charges will remain the same.
What impact will there be?
You will need to park in a different place to usual and depending on your mobility and which department / ward you are visiting it may take a few minutes longer to get to your destination. Wheelchairs will be available in the A&E car park area.
What about other modes of transport?
Buses will continue to run as normal, but we will be temporarily relocating the main bus stop in January 2020 until July 2020 and will update the map accordingly.
Pick up locations will stay the same, outside outpatients entrance on Level 2. Please allow a little longer as the road outside of main entrance will be two-way controlled by traffic lights. Pick up and drop off can also be made at the Duchess of Kent Wing on Level 3.
Will there be different entrances / exits into the main hospital building?
The entrance on Level 1 of outpatients will not be accessible whilst the works are being undertaken. The main entrance on Level 2 of outpatients will remain open with normal access for visitors however there will be restricted access for ambulance and taxi pick-up and drop off. There are also alternative entrances/exits to the hospital which are marked on the map.