Hospital car park closes for refurb

Visitors will be redirected to a staff car park near the maternity unit.

Visitors will be redirected to a staff car park near the maternity unit.

First published in News Crewe Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

A HOSPITAL car park will be closed for six weeks as part of improvement work.

The main entrance car park at Leighton Hospital, off the Smithy Lane entrance to the site, will be closed from Monday, July 28, to Monday, September 8.

Work includes the creation of more disabled spaces, improved traffic flow and safer pedestrian access to and from the buildings.

Visitors will be redirected to the nearby staff car park located outside the maternity unit.

The number of visitor spaces available will not reduce during the works.

Pedestrian access to the main entrance and Macmillan cancer unit will be maintained while the improvements are taking place and alternative routes will be clearly signed.

The car park refurbishment is part of wider improvements being made to the main entrance at Leighton Hospital. Construction is now underway on the creation of the entrance’s new glass-fronted façade, incorporating an 80-seater café and a League of Friends-run shop.

In response to feedback from visitors and patients, visiting times at inpatient wards will also be extended from July 28.

Family and friends will be able to visit patients on adult inpatient wards anytime from 3pm until 8pm every day, with the exception of Ward Nine.

Previously, visiting times on most wards were restricted to separate afternoon and evening sessions.

Visiting times for maternity and paediatric wards, as well as Critical Care and Elmhurst Intermediate Care Centre in Winsford, will remain the same as they are currently, and further information is available online at www.mcht.nhs.uk/wards.

Julie Smith, director of nursing and quality at Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Patients benefit greatly from having their loved ones visit them during their hospital recovery, so we are very pleased that we are able to extend our visiting times.

“We also know that visitors appreciate this added flexibility as it makes visiting much easier to fit in with their other commitments.”

For information on the bus routes which serve Leighton Hospital can be found online at www.traveline-northwest.co.uk.

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12:14pm Fri 25 Jul 14

MrT1976 says...

Leighton should be knocked down, it is a shockingly poor hospital having just experienced both there and North Staffs, wow what a difference and they actually know what they're doing at North Staffs!!
Leighton should be knocked down, it is a shockingly poor hospital having just experienced both there and North Staffs, wow what a difference and they actually know what they're doing at North Staffs!! MrT1976
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1:21pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Adam.R says...

Well MrT.... what a generalised sweeping statement you've made right there that has no relation to the story in question!
I'm sure there are a fair few people who owe there lives to the people who work there. Maybe think before you type!
Well MrT.... what a generalised sweeping statement you've made right there that has no relation to the story in question! I'm sure there are a fair few people who owe there lives to the people who work there. Maybe think before you type! Adam.R
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9:22am Tue 29 Jul 14

MrT1976 says...

Think about what?? It is a shockingly run dirty smelly hospital where you are passed around from pillar to post with no one knowing what the last person did. I'm sorry if this is somewhat a controversial comment but it is my opinion and having had first hand experience of the hospital I am disgusted by it. Bring back VIN, at least when my mum went in there and passed away in there the staff and service was second to none.
Think about what?? It is a shockingly run dirty smelly hospital where you are passed around from pillar to post with no one knowing what the last person did. I'm sorry if this is somewhat a controversial comment but it is my opinion and having had first hand experience of the hospital I am disgusted by it. Bring back VIN, at least when my mum went in there and passed away in there the staff and service was second to none. MrT1976
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6:46pm Tue 29 Jul 14

L Byrne says...

I totally agree with MrT1976 about bringing back the VIN in patients unit. A few years ago, I was involved in the SONIC campaign (Save Our Northwich In-Patients Campaign) to upgrade the unit into a modern community hospital which had, and I believe still has, thousands of supporters in the town and the surrounding area. MrT1976's experience with his late mother was typical of many spoke highly of the excellent care their relatives had received at the VIN. I don't think that we met a single person who had a word of criticism of the unit. But the bureaucrats and bean counters had the way and the beds unit was closed and remains so. Even though the NHS agreed that there was a medical case for the unit, it was just a funding issue.

At the risk of conflating two separate issues, it is interesting to compare the attitude of so many of our local politicians, particularly in CWAC Council who are virtually wetting themselves in their eagerness to splurge £60million plus of our money on the Barons Quay property development which will give the town its ninth supermarket and eight additional restaurants with the refusal to find the £4million or so that would give the town a small up to date in-patient unit that would be a real source of pride and mean so much to patients who are placed in the Leighton but could be given nursing and medical care much closer to their homes and loved ones at the VIN.

It is a scandal that neither of the political parties who run things in the area ( at the moment) or their prospective parliamentary candidates seem too bothered about this important issue. And they wonder why the general population is cynical about politics!
I totally agree with MrT1976 about bringing back the VIN in patients unit. A few years ago, I was involved in the SONIC campaign (Save Our Northwich In-Patients Campaign) to upgrade the unit into a modern community hospital which had, and I believe still has, thousands of supporters in the town and the surrounding area. MrT1976's experience with his late mother was typical of many spoke highly of the excellent care their relatives had received at the VIN. I don't think that we met a single person who had a word of criticism of the unit. But the bureaucrats and bean counters had the way and the beds unit was closed and remains so. Even though the NHS agreed that there was a medical case for the unit, it was just a funding issue. At the risk of conflating two separate issues, it is interesting to compare the attitude of so many of our local politicians, particularly in CWAC Council who are virtually wetting themselves in their eagerness to splurge £60million plus of our money on the Barons Quay property development which will give the town its ninth supermarket and eight additional restaurants with the refusal to find the £4million or so that would give the town a small up to date in-patient unit that would be a real source of pride and mean so much to patients who are placed in the Leighton but could be given nursing and medical care much closer to their homes and loved ones at the VIN. It is a scandal that neither of the political parties who run things in the area ( at the moment) or their prospective parliamentary candidates seem too bothered about this important issue. And they wonder why the general population is cynical about politics! L Byrne
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