Sligo University Hospital is implementing changes to its traffic flow.
The aim is to enhance patients’ journeys when attending the hospital and to facilitate ongoing and future works.
At present, traffic backlogs occur to the front of the hospital entrance, leading to vehicles queuing on the Mall, resulting in unsafe conditions for patients and the public.
The purpose of the changes to traffic flow is to create greater ease of access, a smoother flow of traffic, and to facilitate building works that are to start next year.
The new measures will be piloted for a three month period.
From next Tuesday, (26 October) a patient shuttle bus will operate from a bus shelter in the main patient car park to the hospital entrance, on The Mall, and return.
The shuttle bus will operate from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday, excluding Bank Holidays.
There will also be changes to the outpatient car park, which will result in the parking spaces being for set-down only at the main entrance.
Disabled car parking spaces will remain in place at this entrance for service users.
Patients should allow 20 minutes prior to appointment to park and get the shuttle bus to the hospital entrance.
Rosaleen White, Chair of the Patient Engagement Committee, said the introduction of the shuttle bus service is especially welcom as we approach the cold, wet winter months.
People can now be comfortably transported from the car park to the hospital entrance, she said.