WORK has finally started on creating a new car park for Arbroath Infirmary with construction expected to be complete in six weeks time.
The car park project, costing approximately £90,000, has been largely funded by NHS Tayside with approximately one third of the total cost being made available from Arbroath Common Good funding.
Clinical activity in Arbroath Infirmary has changed significantly over the last few years.
Outpatient clinics have increased from 38 to 55 per week and with the establishment of a renal dialysis service this has resulted in an increase in the number of patients and visitors attending the hospital.
This has placed significant pressure on the available car parking spaces in and around Arbroath Infirmary.
Tayside NHS Board Endowment Fund Board of Trustees agreed funding of £61,000 for the hospital car park at Arbroath Infirmary.
NHS Tayside Chairman Sandy Watson and corporate service site manager Lorna Ramsay visited the site today (Friday) with Angus Council Depute Provost Alex King to see the start of the work.
Mr Watson said: “The Trustees of the NHS Tayside Endowment Fund, which I chair, recognise the benefit which this car park will provide for patients and visitors, and it is another good example of close partnership work between NHS Tayside and Angus Council.”
And depute Provost Alex King added: “It is some years ago now since I first raised at council this issue of hospital parking, so I’m delighted to see work beginning.
“The new car park will be of significant benefit to all those attending the hospital, whether they are staff, patients or visitors to the infirmary.”
There should be a minimum amount of disruption to motorists during the creation of the car park, junction, street lighting and landscaping works.
Traffic management is needed to give access for works vehicles from Rosemount Road, but the rest of the work will be carried out from the existing park land.