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New car park a tonic for patients

Posted onPosted on 24th May

A new 80-space car park has opened at Newark Hospital, thanks to a partnership between Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital, and Newark and Sherwood District Council.

The council bought the land, between the hospital and the Co-op on Bowbridge Road, and converted it into additional hospital car parking in its bid to ensure residents have access to even more healthcare provision locally.

David Selwyn, acting chief executive at Sherwood Forest Hospitals, said: “We understand that parking has been increasingly difficult in recent months, and we are grateful to everyone for their patience and understanding.

“It’s fantastic to see these long-awaited extra spaces have immediately helped to alleviate parking issues on and around the site, and improve the experience of our patients, visitors, and colleagues.

“Additional parking is key to the work we are doing to further increase the range of services available at Newark Hospital. I hope that it will result in more people deciding to ‘Ask for Newark’ and choosing to have their treatment or procedure here.

“We are hugely grateful to our colleagues at Newark and Sherwood District Council for making this happen and I would also like to share my thanks with all our teams, especially our Estates and Facilities teams, and our security team, who have supported motorists to park safely during a difficult time.”

Coun Susan Crosby, portfolio holder for Health, Wellbeing and Leisure at the council, said: “It is excellent news that the expansion of the car park at Newark Hospital is complete and is open for use.

“It is also great to hear that the new car park is already helping the issues with parking for hospital staff, patients, and visitors. I am thrilled that the council has been able to support and facilitate this expansion.

“I am committed to continue working closely with the Sherwood Forest Hospitals Trust to work together to ensure that residents in our district receive the best possible health care provision without needing to travel outside of the district to do so.”