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New main entrance proposed

Plans to create a modern new main entrance at Poole Hospital have been submitted to Borough of Poole's planning department.

The proposals would see a new link corridor serving the Philip Arnold Unit, Dorset Cancer Centre and the main hospital building, as well as rest rooms and retail facilities.

The new entrance will make way-finding around the hospital simpler.

proposed new main entrance

Debbie Fleming, chief executive, said: “This really is an exciting development for Poole Hospital, and our staff are delighted by the news.

"The proposed new front entrance includes a single-storey build – covering the current entrances 6, 7, and 8 – which will link the main hospital to the Philip Arnold Unit.  In this way, it will be easier to transfer patients across the hospital, with more privacy, dignity and respect.

"The new front entrance will provide a clear focus point for the hospital -  a new, modern reception area with a range of facilities, including a suite of public rest rooms and three retail outlets.  By entering the hospital in this way, patients and visitors will find it easier to navigate their way around the hospital site.

“This development will make a huge difference to our patients, visitors and staff, ahead of the significant estates works that will be taking place at a later date, as part we implement the recommendations of the Dorset CCG’s clinical services review.

“The entrance is scheduled to open in spring 2019, subject to planning permission and detailed design work.”

The planning application can be viewed here.

Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Longfleet Road, Poole, Dorset BH15 2JB. Tel: 01202 665511

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