All hospitals are getting bad publicity lately due to their cleaniness and hygiene standards.
This hospital is one of the cleanest i have ever been in and i have been in a few as a patient and visitor.
The staff here are lovely no matter whether you are attending one of the many day clinics or whether you are visiting a friend or relative. No matter what the time of day you are always given the same attentive care.
Onsite here they have different scanning machines so you are lucky that you can get treatment on the same site and not having to travel to other hospitals.
There is a very large shopping area at the main entrance to the hospital - a large supermarket, a very large and varied cafe area. You can get anything from your hot chocolate to a pizza or chilli and chips. Then there is also a sandwich bar.
Parking here is something that lets this hospital down - there is loads of it but not enough to cater for the size of the hospital - so if you do have to attend here make sure you leave in plenty of time.
I live near the hospital and I have never had a problem with it either visiting people or being in there myself as a patient.
The carpark fees aren't nice though!!!!!
I have spent more time than I would like in this hospital! Firstly, the good points;
All the staff seem to work extra hard at all times, often doing three or four things at once. This is mainly because of the understaffing at certain times, but a necessary evil in the light of spiralling costs.
They have managed to maintain an efficient A&E department, something which is vanishing from other hospitals all over the area. Nowadays it is advisable to pre-book if you are going to have a major accident or medical emergency! In Warrington, we can still manage to have a heart attack and be taken to a competent team fairly quickly.
In my experience, the entire hospital is thoroughly cleaned daily, particularly where patients are confined to bed. In general, the hygiene is of a very high standard.
The shopping mall, in the entrance hall, caters for all needs, including some no-one else could have thought of - who would have thought a hospital would need a glass ornaments shop?
This leads me onto some "gripes". Although obviously a necessity, I am not comfortable with the commercial tone to the hospital entrance. This is also after you have spent the best part of an hour vainly seeking a parking spot and ended up somewhere in town getting a bus to the hospital! I can see "Park and Ride" being the only possibility in the future - maybe parking somewhere else in Cheshire!
Another small complaint is the inefficiency of the telephone system - when calling for information, I mean. The switchboard seems to be staffed by people who are so superior to the rest of the populace that they don't really want to spend their time talking to them.
To summarise - I really rate this as a hospital, but the extraneous parts could do with reorganising completely!
additional: I've just spent quite a while back in here - blood transfusion again and many, many tests and injections. I happened to find out that, not only do they charge the staff for parking on the staff car park, it is actually taken out of their wages each month - whether they find a parking place or not! At least we visitors only get charged when we park there!
Not a bad hospital - its actually huge so it must take a lot to run it, so I feel bad to criticise ithowever when I've stayed in before, it's been quite understaffed (both my kids were born there), and the food was definitely below par. However the kids arrived safely so the medical people obviously did their bit and as its free (kind of) then we can't really complain can we? Well, they have a good clothes shop just inside the main entrance and my mum always manages to get something from there and its good for gifts too I think. All in all, its efficient and clean, what more can you ask I guess?
I arrived at the The Croft Wing of Warrington Hospital at about 9:15am and was instantly welcomed by the very friendly nurses who explained in detail what the procedure was,( not in a rushed manner like a few other hospitals I could mention) I was then shown my bed and was descended upon by a host of of friendly staff, I wasn't at all nervous, but any fears percieved or real were quickly eliminated again, by the warm friendly voices and actions of Peter, Amanda and a host of others who sadly I couldn't remember all of their names. I was then wheeled to what looked like an Xray room and within a minute the procedure was well under way, the Doctor and Nurses worked so fast it was almost making me dizzy in a nice kind of way. I watched the entire procedure on the monitors( an Angiogram) which was the best 'TV Program' I've ever seen! 20 minutes I was wheeled back to my ward and was offered tea and toast all in all I was delighted at the treatment I received and the aftercare was 10/10. The entire procedure was 100% pain free. On a sadder note I was annoyed to find out that the nurses and general staff had to pay £10 per month parking fees for their cars?? I was even more annoyed to find out that they all had to buy their own pens and scissors !! that was the only bad thing I experienced in Warrington Hospital . I cannot thank them enough 10/10