A note about site safety during construction works For your safety follow the pedestrian diversion signs and keep to the footpaths Be aware of Construction Traffic, Ambulances and other Vehicles Follow the pedestrian diversion signs Do not walk on the roads – keep to the footpaths Supervise Children at all times If you are driving on site – do not exceed 5mph UPDATE 14 JANUARY The engineering works at the front of the hospital for the new ambulance area are due to be completed on Friday 17 January 2020. The area will go live on Monday 20 January from 7am. We are very happy to report this is the first milestone for the project. Ambulances will now again enter the site from Entrance C. From Monday 20 January they will use our new ambulance bays and temporary ambulance entrance adjacent to Resus. Ambulances will no longer be using entrance D to drop of patients. Work on Phase 2 for the new building is expected to start in early February 2020 and information will be published shortly. There will be a closure of Entrance D for outgoing vehicles on Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 January to enable some remedial works to take place – for these two days staff and visitors are asked to leave the site via Entrance A. For these two days visitors will not be able to use Entrance D to access the pick-up/drop-off point outside the Emergency Department but will be able to enter and exit to drop off /pick up using the entrance C/D. Our new vehicular access for pick up and drop offs for the Emergency Department is now in operation. This is in preparation for the new Paediatric Emergency Department and Children’s Assessment Unit extension at the front of the hospital. If you are dropping-off or picking someone up from the Emergency Department you should now use our newly created junction at entrance D on Gawber Road. There is no vehicular access to this location via the main car park entrance. Women in labour should also use this entrance out of hours for the quickest access to the birthing centre. What are we building and why? On Monday 7 October construction began for the new Paediatric Emergency Department and Children’s Assessment Unit extension. During this initial phase, there is likely to be disruption to car parking, traffic flow and pedestrian access in front of the Emergency Department, and along to the main entrance. You may have already seen the article in Barnsley Hospital News in August which outlined the proposals. Barnsley Hospital is investing £3.5m into a dedicated, co-located Children’s Emergency Department and Children’s Assessment Unit. Co-locating these two units will provide an improved experience for children and families, and will enable us to increase our capacity to treat adults in the current Emergency Department. The project is planned over three phases and is due to complete in spring 2021. * Please note these are artist impressions and the final appearance of the building may be different Patient and visitor access to Emergency Department (ED) – what you need to know The main entrance to ED will remain open, though you will only be able to drop people off outside the Emergency Department entrance. There is no change to arrangements for women arriving for the Birthing Centre after hours. Car Parking – what you need to know If you’re visiting the hospital, please allow a little extra time to navigate into the car park as there are a few changes to entrances, and we have had to remove a small amount of parking bays to accommodate the construction site. Only ambulances will be able to access the area in front of the Emergency Department from car park Entrance C on Gawber Road. If you are dropping-off or picking someone up from the Emergency Department you should now use our newly created junction at entrance D on Gawber Road. There is no car parking available directly in front of the Emergency Department. Some disabled car parking spaces will be allocated in car park 3, near to the main car park entrance on Gawber Road. Contractor activity and compound There will be a contractor compound outside the Women’s and Children’s Services building, and vehicles will be moving around the front of the hospital from the site areas to the contractor’s compound. Please ensure you take extra care when driving or walking in this area.