University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT) is preparing to temporarily close an on-site road, a small public car park, a large staff car park and a smaller staff car park at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary (RLI) due to building work on a new operating theatre.
On the weekend of Friday 21 August and Sunday 23 August, a large crane will be brought onto the RLI site which will necessitate the temporary closure of a site road leading off Ashton Road and down the road to Medical Unit 2. The Trust will also be temporarily closing a public car park outside Medical Unit 2, a large staff car park to the rear of Medical Unit 2 and a small staff car park at the rear of the Pharmacy.
Staff, the public and any other drivers will not be able to access the road leading from Ashton Road down to the car parks. Ashton Road itself will not be affected by the closure of the road.
As the road will be closing at 8pm on Friday 21 August, the Trust’s Capital Services Team and Car Parking staff will be on site to make sure that nobody attempts to drive down the road and park.
Members of the public and staff who want to park will be directed to the Ashton Road pay and display car park opposite Medical Unit 1 and can use the pedestrian access routes marked on the map of the site (please see our illustration of the pedestrian access routes).
The new operating theatre is being built to provide capacity while existing operating theatres at the RLI are being upgraded and it will result in an enhanced experience for patients and a greatly improved working environment for staff. It is being sited between the Cardiac Centre and the existing operating theatres.
When the crane is on site the North West Air Ambulance Service (NWAAS) and other services will be temporarily redirected to other hospital sites.