REFURBISHMENT work is under way to improve the main reception area and exterior entrance at Scarborough Hospital.
The planned completion date for the work is the end of January 2012 and staff, visitors and patients are asked for their understanding while the work takes place.
The main entrance will be out of use for the entire construction period with staff, visitors and patients directed to the West Wing entrance.
From today the shuttle bus will drop off and depart from outside the West Wing entrance and taxis are also asked to drop off and pick up from outside this entrance.
The East Yorkshire Motor Services bus stop has also been temporarily relocated to the road adjacent to the main entrance.
The Women’s Royal Voluntary Service (WRVS), who are heavily involved in the project, will cease trading out of their current shop while the work is carried out.
During the construction period the WRVS will maintain their ward rounds using their familiar trolleys and will provide additional services at key locations from these trolleys.
James Hayward, director of facilities, said: “We are delighted that this project is under way.
“Regrettably, there will be some disruption to patients, visitors and staff, however the end result will be a much improved main entrance.
“We ask patients, visitors and staff to bear with us during this important project.”
The main gateway to the hospital will undergo a complete refurbishment. The interior area will be opened up making it lighter and more airy – proving a better experience and first impression for patients, staff and visitors.
A new layout will help improve patient flow while improved facilities will include a coffee shop, baby changing facilities and toilets, seating areas and a new reception office.
The coffee shop will be run by the WRVS and the existing shop will be extended. Refreshments will also be available, outside of normal trading hours, from vending machines.
The £565,000 refurbishment has been made possible thanks to a £200,000 donation from WRVS and £250,000 of funding from the trust’s charitable funds.
More than £100,000 has also been made available through the trust’s Capital Plan for 2010/11 and 2011/12 to improve the patient environment.
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