Berkshire

New car park for Wexham Park Hospital in Slough

Wexham Park Hospital
Image caption The Care Quality Commission (CQC) rated Heatherwood and Wexham Park as inadequate

A Berkshire hospital which was taken over by a neighbouring trust after being put into special measures is to get a new £1.8m car park.

Wexham Park Hospital in Slough was taken over by Frimley Park Hospital Trust earlier this year.

The scheme should generate £456,000 a year, Mark Johnson-Wood, the trust's director of estates said.

Plans are already under way for a new £25m accident and emergency department, including en-suite x-ray facilities.

The 357 additional spaces for staff and 216 for visitors are expected to start bringing in money from 2016.

Mr Johnson-Wood said £186,000 would come from staff charges and £270,000 from visitors and patients.

A report said the reconfiguration and expansion of the car park was needed "to create the capability and flexibility to sustain growth and new activity, deliver a value for money service, and improve visitor/patient staff experience".

The work is expected to be complete by July 2015.

In February, Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was rated as inadequate by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

It was placed in special measures at the start of May.

In its report, the CQC identified areas for improvement including staffing levels, A&E waiting times and surgical cancellations.

Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in Surrey was given the go-ahead for the takeover by the Competition and Markets Authority.

The merged organisation is called Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust.

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