A MULTI-storey car park is to be built at Warwick Hospital.
South Warwickshire Foundation Trust (SWFT) has bought the Pickering site on Millers Road, close to the hospital. It now plans to submit an application to build a staff car park on the site.
Projections suggest it could cost around £7million to build while doubling the hospital’s current 400 spaces.
The former staff car park at the back of the Accident and Emergency department, Guy Ward and existing theatres is being developed to make way for new theatres.
The £3million three-storey extension will provide a seventh theatre at the Lakin Road hospital and will be attached to the hospital.
The development will also include extra space for the acute decisions unit.
A trust spokeswoman said: “We are working up the design for a multi-storey staff car park and hope to be in a position to submit our planning in early March.
“This is a really positive project for us.”
It comes just after the trust invested in new, ticket-less car parking at Warwick Hospital.
As cars enter the site the vehicle registration is captured on camera. The time they are in the hospital is then calculated when they enter the registration in a machine and pay to leave.
It also applies to the formerly free disabled parking area to the left of the hospital entrance.
The developments are just the latest for the trust, which is bucking the trend for failing NHS services.
Recently it built a new state-of-the-art hospital in Stratford. The £22million building, on the site of the old Arden Street hospital, offers a cancer unit, ophthalmology unit and community wellbeing hub across three floors.
And Warwick Hospital also underwent improvements with a new £1.5million Midwife Led Unit being built on site. It opened early last year.