Happy birthday for Queen’s Medical Centre with £1.4m tram bridge opening
The bridge will start to be used exactly 40 years since the Queen officially opened the hospital
The wraps will come off a new £1.4m tram bridge for Queen’s Medical Centre’s 40th birthday this week.
The bridge, linking the tram platform with the heart of the Nottingham hospital, will officially open after eight months of work on Friday, July 28.
This is exactly 40 years since the Queen officially opened QMC, the first purpose-built teaching hospital in the UK, back in 1977.
Peter Homa, chief executive of Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH), which operate the QMC, said: “This is an important development that will significantly improve access to QMC for patients, visitors and staff.
“NUH remains the only hospital in the country to be directly connected by tram, a feature which sets Nottingham apart from other cities.
“Several thousand passengers use the tram daily to get to and from our hospital. We know that the absence of a dedicated entrance linking the tram platform and the main hospital has been a source of frustration for many since the tram opened at QMC in 2015. Our team of dedicated tram volunteers have and continue to do a superb job helping passengers to find their way around our hospital. The new footbridge will provide quick and easy access to the hospital and main entrance for all tram users, which we hope will only attract more people to choose the tram to get to and from our hospitals in the future.”
The new bridge is 90 metres long and eight metres off the ground, with two rest areas and folded seating areas.
There is a meet and greet area for volunteers at the junction where the tram bridge meets the B Floor corridor to help to direct patients and visitors to various points in the hospital.
Nottingham City Council leader, councillor Jon Collins, said: “QMC is the only hospital in the UK with a dedicated tram stop, which is a fantastic asset to our city.
“We’re really pleased that the link bridge is now open to help visitors, staff and patients access the hospital more easily.”
Patricia Petman, tram volunteer and patient, will officially open the new bridge into the QMC, where the city’s Emergency Department (A&E) major trauma centre and Nottingham Children’s Hospital are located, alongside the University of Nottingham’s School of Nursing and Medical School.
She said: “The new bridge will make an enormous difference not only to patients and visitors who will arrive at the centre of the hospital, but also to the tram volunteers, who have shown dedication over the last two years standing in all weathers to help visitors find the quickest and easiest ways into the hospital.
“I can’t wait to see the look of amazement when our passengers first see how easy it is to access the hospital and how close they are to key destinations.”
Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Professor John Atherton, said: “Over the past 40 years, QMC has improved healthcare in the region beyond measure. In fact the collaborative medical research between the university and the hospitals’ trust has had major impact on healthcare globally.
“We wish the QMC a very happy 40th birthday.”
Source Nottingham Post