Posted: Sun 30th Jun 2024

32 weeks of roadworks set to cause disruption for Ysbyty Glan Clwyd visitors

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales

Almost eight months of roadworks are set to cause disruption for staff and visitors using Ysbyty Glan Clwyd.

Access and footway improvements on Rhuddlan Road, adjacent to the site, are part of plans to build 100 new residential homes – with work due to begin on Monday, July 1.

It will see a section of carriageway, approaching the hospital from the A55 and Bodelwyddan, closed between 09.00 and 15.30 on weekdays and some weekends, with temporary traffic lights in operation.

Visitors and staff using Glan Clwyd Hospital are being asked to cooperate with new traffic flow advice for up to 32 weeks of roadworks, to safeguard emergency admissions.

Glan Clwyd Hospital Director of Operations, Jalibani Ndebele, is asking those driving to the site to approach from the opposite direction, via the A525 and Sarn Lane, if possible.

This is to allow emergency ambulances priority access through the roadworks from the A55 and into the hospital’s Emergency Department.

“I’m really making a heartfelt plea to those driving to our hospital to be considerate during these disruptions,” said Jalibani Ndebele.

“If visitors and staff who are driving to Glan Clwyd can use the approach from the A525 Rhuddlan-St Asaph bypass, along Sarn lane, it would really help us to keep that life-saving access free for our colleagues in the Welsh Ambulance Service Trust (WAST).

“I understand it will be an inconvenience to some but we need to work together with the public to make sure we keep access open for our most seriously unwell arrivals.”

Pure Residential and Commercial, who are organising the works, have been in close consultation with the Health Board and will operate traffic signals to give priority to emergency vehicles approaching the hospital.

Dermot O’Leary, WAST’s Interim Locality Manager for Conwy and Denbighshire, said: “We welcome the steps being taken by our Health Board colleagues to ensure emergency ambulances get priority access through the roadworks outside Glan Clwyd Hospital.

“Our patients need to reach the emergency department in a timely manner to receive the urgent, potentially life-saving, interventions they require.

“We would like to thank the public in advance for their co-operation, as we know these arrangements will potentially cause an inconvenience to some people.”

Hospital staff have already been asked to consider car-sharing with colleagues to reduce traffic pressures on site and consider whether they could use the bus or cycle to work, depending on where they live.

Jalibani Ndebele has also called on the public to help reduce the parking chaos.

He added: “If you have an appointment at Glan Clwyd Hospital, can you be dropped off and picked up afterwards? If appropriate, could you use public transport?

“We already have massive problems on site due to inconsiderate parking, which have forced us to look at considering further enforcement measures.

“Ambulances sometimes have difficulty getting through Glan Clwyd to get to the ED and this work has the potential to stop them even getting on to the hospital grounds in a timely manner.

“Any help in reducing the traffic pressures around the hospital will ultimately benefit our patients.”

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