9th October 2015 – Improved Hospital shop and reception area for outpatients at Airedale Hospital
The shop and reception area in the main outpatients department at Airedale Hospital are being redesigned for the benefit of patients.
The cafe area and shop, which is run by volunteers, will be closed during the work, however the reception area and outpatients department will remain open throughout.
The £160,000 facelift is being funded by the Friends of Airedale Hospital – a newly formed charitable trust which unites two of the hospital’s previous charities, Friends of Airedale and Airedale New Venture – including a contribution to the investment from Airedale NHS Foundation Trust. Work will start on Monday 12 October and it is expected to be complete by the end of January 2016.
Visitors can look forward to a brighter more open shop plan area with new flooring and improved cafe style seating. For patients and carers, the new reception area will include a low level counter for people in wheelchairs, a central information point with touch screen self-check-in kiosks and easier access to toilet facilities from the main waiting area.
David Moss, assistant director for estates and facilities at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Our aim is to help improve the environment for our patients, their families and our staff. The work will take up some additional space in the main outpatients area as hoardings will be put in place to ensure patients and staff can continue to use the area safely. If people are not coming to hospital for an outpatient appointment, we would advise them to use another entrance to access wards or departments while the work is ongoing. Signs will keep patients and visitors informed of the work as it progresses and visitors can use alternative refreshment facilities in the main entrance shop and café area and on-site restaurant. We apologise for the disruption and any short-term inconvenience whilst this work is carried out.”
Mike Yates, chair of Friends of Airedale Hospital, said: “We are really looking forward to the refurbishment work which will open up the shop and café area to welcome people as they arrive in the outpatients department.”
The shop at the main entrance to the hospital will be extending its opening hours temporarily to 8.00am to 8.00pm, Monday to Friday, while the refurbishment work takes place and the hospital’s restaurant is open Monday to Friday, 7.30am – 6.00pm. Both will continue with their usual weekend opening times – 10.00am to 8.00pm for the shop (Saturday and Sunday) and 07.30am to 3.00pm (Saturday and Sunday) for the restaurant.