From Tuesday (April 11) a new road layout will come into operation at the front of Craigavon Area Hospital to make way for the construction of a link corridor between the main hospital building and new Paediatric Unit.
The changes include:
Vehicular access to the Main Hospital Entrance, Emergency Department and Ramone Building will be via a new link road off the main avenue.
A ‘Drop-off only policy will be strictly enforced at the Main Hospital Entrance.
Pedestrian access from the Maternity Car Park, the GP Out of Hours Car Park and the lower end of the site will be via the Maternity Entrance.
There will be a new dedicated blue light lane for emergency vehicles.
Vivienne Toal, Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development for the Southern Health and Social Care Trust, says: “We are delighted with progress on the new paediatric unit and would like to thank all of our staff, contractors and design team who are doing their best to work around the challenges of a very busy hospital site.
“Construction of the link corridor will represent a major change to the road layout at the front of the hospital. In the interest of everyone’s safety, we ask for road users to please reduce speed, follow the signage on site and only park in designated spaces. We also appeal to pedestrians to keep to the pavements and sign posted walkways.
“As it is absolutely vital that Emergency Vehicles are given priority, we will have staff patrolling the site to ensure that access is not obstructed, particularly around the drop-off area.
“To help make it easier to drop off elderly patients and those with mobility difficulties, we will have additional seating and wheelchairs available inside the main foyer.
“We would like to thank patients, visitors and staff for their continued co-operation and patience as we move into the final stage of this exciting new development.”