NHS staff, community leaders and the Friends of Westminster Memorial Hospital volunteers attended the official opening of the new hospital access road and extended car park on Tuesday.
This is the Friends’ biggest project to date and cost approximately £250,000. The Friends bought a residential property on Abbey Walk, which they have leased to the NHS for healthcare services. Part of the garden has been transformed into an overspill car park for the hospital. And the garden walls have been knocked through, allowing one-way traffic to pass from the hospital onto Abbey walk.
It might seem unusual to have a charity fund infrastructure work, but access arrangements and parking were highlighted as issues that counted against the long-term viability of the hospital. The Friends wanted to remove any threats to the hospital.
MP Simon Hoare told the gathered crowd that the last eighteen months have strengthened our community’s commitment to the NHS. We also speak with the Lord Lieutenant of Dorset, Angus Campbell, who praises members of our community who have fought for our hospital. And Friends chairman Julian Prichard tells us about the interesting archaeological finds on the site.