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Thursday, 21 August 2014

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500 new spaces to ease parking crisis at Carlisle hospital

Almost 500 new spaces are to be created to ease the parking crisis at Carlisle’s Cumberland Infirmary.

Cumberland Infirmary photo
The Cumberland Infirmary

Bosses are also looking at how they can prevent similar problems at the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven, where parking is set to reduce temporarily as part of the redevelopment.

The newly-unveiled plans will see two parts of the Carlisle site developed to provide patient and staff parking.

A total of 381 spaces are proposed for land to the rear of the hospital, next to the helipad, while a further 115 will be created next to the entrance road, by Reiver House.

Public pressure to improve parking at the infirmary has been growing in recent months, as the situation appears to have worsened.

Bosses at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust say they have been inundated with complaints, with patients even missing appointments because they can’t find anywhere to park.

Detailed proposals are being finalised and they will be taken to Carlisle City Council for planning approval.

Managers are also looking at how they can prevent a similar parking crisis occurring at the West Cumberland.

The new build work is currently on the edge of the site but when that ends later this year and work starts on refurbishing what’s left of the old hospital, builders need to take over some parking areas.

Options to temporarily increase parking elsewhere are being investigated.

Have your say

I go to orthodontics every couple of months with my daughter. I wish I could get her transferred to Newcastle Dental Hosp, I get stressed looking for somewhere to park in case we are late, then you end up waiting up to an hour before you are seen.

Posted by Anon on 30 June 2014 at 19:57

With regard to the comment by Keiran. I TOTALLY agree. Strengthen the roof, relocate the helipad onto it, and extend one liftshaft as a dedicated lift to the helipad for patient handling.

Posted by David Osborne on 29 June 2014 at 11:55

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