A new staff car park next to the Royal Derby Hospital is due to open tomorrow to help free up additional spaces for NHS workers, patients and hospital visitors alike.

Around 570 extra spaces have been created for hospital staff through the development of the Manor Car Park across the road from the hospital on Manor Road.

Extending the car park represents a major boost for members of staff waiting for a space, with the expansion bringing the number of spaces available for staff at the hospital up to around 2,250 in total.

Providing this extra parking provision for staff will also help ensure that the majority of the 1,200 spaces available on-site at the Royal Derby Hospital are reserved for patients and hospital visitors only.

Paul Brooks, Director of Patient Experience, Estates and Facilities Management at UHDB, said: “We are absolutely delighted to now be able to make this extra parking provision available on the Manor Car Park. Our staff do a phenomenal job taking care of our patients and so it is only right that we do everything in our power to make life a little bit easier for them by reducing some of the stresses associated with their commute. Providing this extra capacity off-site also means that we’ll be able to free-up more parking spaces for patients and hospital visitors across the Royal Derby Hospital site. Patient care will always be our top priority and we hope that the development of our car parks will improve our patients’ hospital experience. Our car parks will remain busy however, so we would always advise hospital visitors to, where possible, consider public transport as a means of getting to our hospitals.”

UHDB staff with approved Manor Car Park permits will be able to park in the new section of the car park from next Monday, after it was officially opened today by Dr Magnus Harrison, UHDB Executive Medical Director.

A modular ward is currently being built on Car Park 1 at the Royal Derby Hospital, which will provide 28 additional beds this winter.

Despite the closure of Car Park 1, an additional 32 car park spaces have actually been gained for the public by reserving Car Park 6a spaces for patients and hospital visitors only.