We are working towards the future

In response to the letter published in the Courier last Friday, I would like to offer my reassurance that we are working closely with our local authority partners to plan for the impact that additional housing will have on our health services.

This will allow us to ensure that the necessary infrastructure is in place to cope with an increase in demand for our services. In line with this, work has already started at both Warwick Hospital and Royal Leamington Spa Rehabilitation Hospital to address the current pressure on our car parks.

At Warwick Hospital we are changing the use of one of our onsite staff car parks on Lakin Road into visitor parking, increasing the available spaces for patients and visitors by 100 spaces. The staff car parking spaces will then be reallocated offsite. This option is currently favoured over a possible multi storey facility which would cost approximately £2.5million to build.

Also as part of the redevelopment work at the Royal Leamington Spa Rehabilitation Hospital, an additional 70 spaces are being created to allow more patients, visitors and staff to use these facilities. This increase in spaces aims to alleviate the pressure of parking at the hospital which we are currently seeing at the moment and to offer additional spaces in the future.

In response to the comments about charging to use the car parks, there are already reduced parking fees available for long term patients at Warwick and Stratford Hospitals and a similar scheme will be introduced at the Royal Leamington Spa Rehabilitation Hospital. I can assure you that all the funds from car parking is solely used for maintaining and improving the trust’s car parks.

We are always keen for local people to be involved with our plans and the best way to do this is to become a foundation trust member, please contact our membership office on Freephone 0800 085 2471 for more information. - Jayne Blacklay, director of development, Warwick Hospital.