Work has begun on an exciting new development at Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital.

The fracture clinic, which is where patients who have sustained broken bones visit for outpatient appointments, is to get a complete overhaul, increasing the space available for patients and clinicians, and improving patient experience. The project is part of the Trust’s commitment to provide outstanding care for our patients.

The changes will also see the plaster room, where casts are fitted, move to within the fracture clinic, while a self-check in service will be introduced to ensure that patients do not have to wait to check in at reception.

Donna-Marie Simpson, fracture clinic sister, said: “The whole team are really looking forward to being able to care for patients in the redeveloped area next year”.

Due to the scale and location of the improvement works, there will be some disturbance and noise on hospital grounds.

For the safety of visitors, staff and patients, temporary restrictions will be in place for vehicles at the front of Basingstoke hospital.

For a period of eight weeks, vehicles, including taxis, will not be able to drop off and pick up patients from the front entrance of the hospital. Drop off points will be available at the side of the hospital, near the entrance from the main visitors car park, and outside the Sherborne Building.

In addition, all visitors are able to take advantage of the 30 minutes of free parking offered at our hospital sites, to allow for drop offs or quick visits.

The majority of disabled parking spaces at the front of the hospital will remain open, with drivers who display a disabled badge to a member of the car parking team able to gain entry.

Pedestrian access to the front entrance will remain available, but one side of the concrete staircase leading from the car park to the front of the hospital will be blocked off and access will be via a marked out route.

There will be no changes in ambulance access to our very busy emergency department.

Alex Whitfield, chief executive of Hampshire Hospitals, which runs the hospital in Basingstoke, as well as Royal Hampshire County Hospital, in Winchester, and Andover War Memorial Hospital, said: “We are very excited about the new space we are creating at Basingstoke hospital, and we ask the public to bear with us while the works go on.  I can only apologise for the inconvenience caused whilst these works happen – we are doing everything we can to keep the disruption to a minimum. We all look forward to the safe and successful conclusion to the works, and the use of the enhanced fracture clinic.”