WORKFORCE: Staff at a Midlands hospital are being asked to use a park and ride service in a bid to free up car parking space for patients after a major reorgainsation.

University Hospital of North Staffordshire is asking its staff to use the new service to help make it easier for patients to park at its City General site in Stoke-on-Trent.

In March the trust saw the opening of its new £400m hospital with the accident and emergency department, and associated services, moved from the nearby Royal Infirmary site to the City General.

With more space free at the Royal Infirmary the trust has brought in a park and ride service operating between there and the City General hospital between 6am and 10.30pm.

Chief executive Julia Bridgewater said: “Putting patients first was an important decision to make so early in the move to the new hospital. I have asked our staff for their patience and understanding between now and when the other car parks are completed. I also know many of our staff work long shift patterns. Therefore, I have asked staff who work normal office hours to fully use the park and ride service to remove the possibility of any disruption to our clinical services.”