Improving your hospital
There are a number of exciting improvements happening in and around your hospital.
Improving accessibility and parking
Our location within the heart of a residential area makes tackling the accessibility and parking challenge that we face a tricky one. We can’t expand into outlying areas, and there are planning restrictions on the height we can build to on our current site.
Despite that, we have developed a plan that works within these parameters to make the site more user-friendly for patients, visitors and staff whilst also easing pressure on nearby residential roads. It’s a forward-looking plan that ensures we can cope with the forecasted increase in demand for our services.
We aim to
- make the site more user-friendly for patients, visitors and staff
- ensure we can cope with the increasing demand for our services
- increase the number of on site parking spaces, while making it easier for drivers to find available spaces
- reduce hospital related parking in nearby residential roads.
We're working to reduce congestion around our site in a number of ways:
- We've installed smart patient and visitor active signage to direct patients and visitors to available spaces.
- We've upgraded the barrier machines to speed up entry and exit from all patient and visitor car parks. These have also now been renamed orange, blue and yellow car parks to make the site easier to navigate.
- We've changed the access road and routing of the cars within the hospital grounds to create a more balanced flow of traffic using Tremona Road and Coxford Road exits onto the local roads.
- We've created some open surface parking spaces for all to use and for high vehicles on the right as you enter the site off Tremona road.
- We've moved the drop off bays nearer to the new main entrance front doors.
- We've invested in sustainable travel with improved cyclist and pedestrian access, improved cycling facilities and we're continuing to liaise with all the commercial bus companies whose routes stop around the hospital site. Find out more about using public transport to get to Southampton General Hospital.
Improvements to the yellow car park (Princess Anne Hospital)
Work will soon begin on the re-lining of some patient and visitor spaces in the yellow car park at Princess Anne Hospital, to ensure that they can accommodate modern day vehicle sizes.
We now operate parking enforcements around the site for any vehicle not parked in an appropriate space at the Southampton General and Princess Anne hospitals.
The enforcement charge will be £70; however, this will be reduced to £35 if paid within 14 days. All surplus income generated from the enforcement will also be used to develop parking facilities and sustainable travel services.
Children’s emergency department
Work in underway to build a new children's emergency and trauma department, combining the emergency and trauma services with the assessment unit.
The new department is expected to see over 30,000 children a year, stretching across emergency and medical unplanned instances in nine areas: Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Dorset, Devon, Wiltshire, Berkshire, West Sussex, Channel Islands and Oxfordshire.