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Hospital Entrance Reopens

Main Entrance - New Signage
The new Main Entrance at Leighton Hospital

Patients visiting Leighton Hospital in Crewe will now have an improved hospital experience following the reopening of the new main entrance.

The thorough refurbishment works, which commenced in the Spring, saw the former entrance canopy replaced by a modern glass-fronted façade which now includes a new 80-seater Café Express for patients, visitors and staff.  Other changes to the interior include a new shop run by the hospital’s League of Friends, a dedicated reception area, new toilet facilities and space for a new ATM which will be installed shortly.

The works coincided with a refurbishment of the car park outside the entrance, which now features more disabled spaces, improved traffic flow and safer pedestrian access to and from the hospital buildings.

Main Entrance - Time Capsule
The contents of the two time capsules, past and present

 

During the renovation works, a small time capsule was uncovered containing items from the late 1960s and early 1970s – around the time of the hospital’s original opening. Items included newspapers of the day, an early set of decimalised coins and a newsletter from the construction company who originally built the hospital. This time capsule has been reinstalled as part of the renovation, with a 2014 version added alongside to provide a comparison. Replicating the original contents, the 2014 capsule contains copies of local and national newspapers, newsletters (from both the Trust and the construction company who have undertaken the refurbishment works) and a set of modern coins.

Speaking about the new entrance, Tracy Bullock, Chief Executive of Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “When patients or visitors come into hospital, they are not just experiencing the care that is provided or the staff who treat them - the environment which they are in also has a big impact.

“Over the past few years, we have been steadily improving our hospital environment. From ward and corridor refurbishments through to brand new state-of-the-art operating theatres, we are committed to providing the best possible facilities for our local communities.

“We know that attending hospital can be a daunting prospect for some, but we firmly believe that our new main entrance will provide a friendly and reassuring welcome to everybody who visits, as well as improving the facilities within it to make their time here more comfortable.

Main Entrance - Wayfinding
An example of the new wayfinding signage being installed across the Trust

“We also realise that, with all of the recent changes, some of our patients and visitors can find it difficult to find their way around. This is why we are also replacing all of our internal and external wayfinding signage over the next few weeks to make navigating our site much easier for everyone.”

With the main entrance now complete, work is also progressing on a minor refurbishment of the hospital’s main Outpatients Hall. For an estimated three-week period, the main hall will be closed from 6pm until 8am on weekdays and from 6pm on Fridays until 8am on Mondays. During these times, access to Outpatient clinics will be via the nearby Eye Care Centre, with all diversions clearly signposted.

The Trust would like to thank patients, visitors and staff for their continued patience during this time.

Main Entrance - New
The new Main Entrance at Leighton Hospital
Main Entrance - Old
The original Main Entrance at Leighton Hospital