Infrastructure a 'total shambles'
MY RECENT reluctant visits to the new hospital have given me cause for concern and dismay.
Once you cross the threshold and start to use the services, it is evident that you are in the safe hands of highly competent, caring staff, who are highly skilled and caring for those of us who are at our most anxious.
It is a huge shame that the infrastructure around the University Hospital of North Staffordshire is a total shambles and a disgrace, giving nothing to support the good work going on inside.
If a car parking space can be found, it usually means an early arrival in order to meet the appointment, and often a drive round the site to hope that a space will be available.
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There are parts of the site which are still a building site, and often many of the parking spaces available to patients are taken up by contractors.
I realise that they have to park somewhere, but I have even seen vans in the disabled bays.
Perhaps it has also escaped the planers that the needs of the visitors are more important than the aesthetics of a pedestrian area and that the use of a 'golf cart' to ferry disabled patients to the main entrance is just papering over the cracks.
What is clear, however, is that there is need for a complete re-think and soon, because the first signs of ice or snow will bring the whole area to a standstill.
A start could be made by removing the blue fenced area of debris and give it over to contractor parking, and then look again at the seating and pedestrian area in front of the main outpatients entrance.
This then is the challenge, should the authorities wish to accept, and give us an infrastructure fit for purpose.