Patients at Bristol Royal Infirmary and children's hospital warned of changes to drop-off area
Patients and visitors attending Bristol Royal Infirmary and the children's hospital weeks will be limited to when they can use the drop-off area outside for the next six weeks.
A staffed barrier will be set up due to the building works are being carried out around the hospital complex.
An additional ward block is being built behind Bristol Royal Infirmary (BRI), an extension is being added to the children's hospital, a new entrance being created for the BRI and a helipad being installed on the roof as part of £110 million investment in the hospitals ahead of specialist children's services moving out of Frenchay into the city centre in 2014 and to move care out of the BRI Old Building.
James Rimmer, chief operating officer at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust (UH Bristol), which runs the hospitals, said: "We realise that some patients and visitors will find these changes inconvenient but we are doing our best to warn patients before they travel to our hospitals, to keep disruption to a minimum and put alternatives in place wherever we can.
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"We are asking all patients for the BRI and the children's hospital to avoid driving into the hospital precinct, to use nearby car parks and the free hospital bus wherever possible. "It is essential that we keep traffic away from the area between the BRI and the children's hospital except for those patients who really need access."
From Monday, a barrier will prevent drivers entering the area between the children's hospital and the BRI on week days from 7.30am to 6.30pm.
Drivers will only be allowed through in emergencies or if they are dropping off children with mobility difficulties who are patients at the Bristol Children's Hospital.
Drivers dropping off adults with mobility difficulties can use the council-controlled drop-off area in front of the BRI. Drivers should not park in the drop-off area or leave their car unattended or they will risk a fine.
Anyone who needs further assistance when dropping off a patient at the front of the BRI can call 07771 334 388 and a member of staff will give advice and call porters if necessary.