An NHS walk-in centre in the town could alleviate the pressure on A&E. It could also be a centre for dentists, pharmacy, mental health care and could run alongside a community hub that would bring people together – multi-agency working!
A multi-storey car park at the hospital would help solve the lack of parking. It should be back under NHS control & could be built at the side of the main hospital, releasing the main car park at the front for expansion of the hospital facilities. It is abhorrent that staff are unable to park their cars because there is no space but have to pay for it through their payroll anyway. If a nurse, doctor or support worker is expected to work a 12hr shift they should be able park safely near to their place of work.
A multi-storey at the hospital could be part of a park and ride scheme into town – charging for in/out patients should be capped (as is done at Cambridge UH) but for the general public it could be more which would help pay for maintenance.
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