The main entrance to Southampton General Hospital will close for around 25 weeks from next Monday (13 July) as redevelopment work begins.
Patients and visitors will be directed to seven alternative entrances and exits located around the site for the duration of the closure.
All additional entrances will be signposted and a temporary reception and Costa coffee shop will be installed on the green outside the current main entrance area.
A car parking attendant will be on-hand to help direct people from the main car park and additional volunteers will be available to provide support to those who need to find their way around.
A map showing the alternative entrances, along with details of the nearest car parks, drop-off points and licensed vehicles rank (taxis), is available on University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust’s (UHS) website.
All outpatients will be sent the map in advance of their appointments unless they have opted to receive notifications by phone, email or text message, in which case the message will direct them to the UHS website to print a copy.
Many of the existing retailers have now moved or closed, however, UHS Pharmacy, WHSmith and the Stockshop will remain open throughout the majority of the building works.
The Baguette Company will open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for the duration of the redevelopment.
Kiteleys Solicitors has relocated to its new office on B level, centre block, outside of the Spice of Life restaurant.
Matthew Hine, liaison and engagement lead for the project, said: “Today, almost 10,000 people walk through our main entrance doors every week day, so we want to create a modern space that better serves the needs of patients, visitors and staff.
“Although closure of the current main entrance will cause some disruption, a number of measures will be introduced to ensure a smooth transition for patients, visitors and staff throughout the redevelopment work.
“Visitors can help us during this period by allowing additional time when attending the hospital and, where possible, considering the use of public transport.”
The new entrance will include a larger, lighter, double-height entrance, a new reception area, improved patient and visitor facilities and extra seating.
The £2.5m project is being funded by University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust’s commercial partner Interserve Prime as part of an agreement that will see revenue from the new entrance and retail area reinvested into the hospital and NHS services.
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Posted on Monday 6 July 2015