Transport to the new hospital
Transport and access to the new hospital are frequently raised questions. Through the Right Care Right Here (RCRH) partnership, the Trust is working closely with local public transport providers and local councils to ensure adequate services are provided to the community.
The RCRH partnership is developing a transport and access strategy which aims to:
“Develop and implement a range of transport options, through partnership working, which offer a choice of easy, convenient access to health services and facilities for patients, visitors and staff. These will be sustainable, will promote healthy lifestyles and facilitate effective transport for patient–related services.”
Public transport is particularly important as approximately 38% of households in the area do not have access to a car (information collected from Census 2001). The highest numbers of households with no access to a car are concentrated around the Birmingham Treatment Centre, Newtown, Tipton, Great Bridge and West Bromwich health centres.
The Group has set an ambitious range of targets. Some of the highlights include:
- At least 90% of people within the RCRH area will be able to access the new facilities (including acute hospital, community hospitals, outpatient and diagnostic centres and care centres) by public transport within 30 minutes
- At least 55% of people within the RCRH area will be able to access the new facilities by direct public transport within 30 minutes.
- At least 95% of people within the RCRH area will be able to access their Primary and Neighbourhood Centre by direct public transport within 30 minutes.
There are also plans around cycling and car sharing for staff.
Other factors being considered are:
- use of shuttle buses between sites for patients and visitors
- planning transport services around clinic times to include options for late finishing and weekend working
- booking appointment times for bus users with free bus passes after 10am
- ways to encourage sustainable travel methods
- whether faster transport routes could be introduced to the new hospital
- use of technology to reduce need for travel
- consider different staff working patterns.
For car users, our plans for the Midland Metropolitan Hospital site will allow several access points from the main public highway. In addition, designated drop-off and collection points have been placed at strategic locations for staff, patients and for the delivery of goods and services.
Underground car parking will be provided and the car parking levels are in the process of being built.
This feature will dramatically reduce the parking implications for surrounding areas as well as providing direct access through the atrium into the heart of the main hospital.