Within the coming years, the central hall of the UMC Utrecht will be refurnished up to the outpatient clinics. Visitors and patients have many requests, such as a pharmacy, more green on the traverse, a draught-free area from the parking garage to the main entrance, a smoke-free entrance and more shops in the central hall. These needs and requests are currently being inventoried. The actual major structural changes will take place after several years, but smaller adjustments will be achieved sooner.
The construction of the pharmacy is underway. The opening is planned in the beginning of 2013.
We will be looking at whether a pharmacy can soon be set up in the central hall, and then be further expanded in the final construction of the entrance area. This would be a pharmacy for outpatients, which employees could also use to obtain certain over-the-counter medicines.
Lift Parking Garage
The lift in the parking garage at the AZU location only goes up several stories. It is not customer-friendly and sometimes creates undesirable, stressful situations for patients who are not sufficiently mobile to use the stairs. We are happy to report that a lift will soon be installed from the ground floor to the top of the roof of the parking garage.
A solution for making the traverse dry, draught- and snow-free has been under consideration for some time. A roll-down shutter near the traverse was experimented with for a few months, but did not function adequately. A different solution is currently being sought.
Innovative comfortable waiting location
Based on the wishes of visitors and patients, a new colourful waiting area has been opened in the central hall of the UMC Utrecht. There is a reading table and iPads and information pillars with folders and large screens on which visitors can find information about the UMC Utrecht, patient associations, floor plans, travel and hotels. The facilities will be further expanded with digital taxi screens.
In the entrance area, room will also be made available for shops, such as an audiologist, optician, homecare shop, chemists and a small supermarket.