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Tewkesbury Community Hospital signage - small

3 Jan update - Tewkesbury Community Hospital is open as usual despite the hospital's car park being out of action.  With the car park at the rear of the hospital flooded, there is no parking or pedestrian access from the back of the hospital to the main entrance.   As a result, we are diverting pedestrians to use the gated entrance

through Barton Mews (a short distance from the old hospital entrance off Barton Street) to enable staff, patients and their visitors to access the hospital.

Vehicle access to the hospital

We have put a one way system in place for vehicles to access the hospital, asking vehicles to enter from Barton Road, and exit from Barton Mews.  We have porters on hand to help control the flow of vehicles during peak times, which will hopefully ease pressure for patients, visitors and relatives.

Richard Ziebart, estates adviser for Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust, said: “This is a temporary measure only, and we are really grateful to the residents of Barton Mews for their patience during this time.”

Designed to cope with flooding

Tewkesbury is renowned for flooding and, as Richard explains, the design of the new hospital takes the probability of flooding fully into account: " We have always known that the lower level car park will flood on occasions. We worked extensively with the Environment Agency throughout the planning and design process, to ensure the new building does not affect the natural flood plain but remains dry in times of flooding.  With this in mind, the new building has been raised by nearly one metre above the highest flood levels previously recorded.  The drainage system has also been repositioned so that it feeds away to the Barton Street side of the hospital, rather than Howells Road as previously.”

Further car parking and new entrance by Easter

The demolition of the previous hospital building is under way, and contractors are working to complete further car parking and a new entrance route from Barton Street. These works are expected to be completed by Easter.  Temporary vehicle access from Howells Road (to the rear of the hospital) to the hospital’s main entrance will be completed sooner, however.

Richard Ziebart explained: “We will be moving the existing fencing back towards the old hospital site and laying a temporary road to give ‘drop off’ access to the main hospital entrance. This work starts in early January and, depending on weather conditions, is likely to take four to six weeks to complete.  At this point – early February - the old front entrance from Barton Street will be handed over to contractors and closed off for a period of weeks so they can complete their scheduled works on further car parking and the new entrance.”

“We’re very grateful to local residents, staff, patients and their families for their continued patience during building works and we are working closely with contractors Seddons to ensure that disruption and inconvenience is kept to a minimum.”

Nearest parking for Tewkesbury Community Hospital

We would like to ask staff, patients and visitors to not park in Barton Mews, as this is a resident only area.  The nearest pay and display car park to the hospital is at Cascades Leisure Centre.