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Richardson Community Hospital

RICHARDSON COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

Victoria Road, Barnard Castle, DL12 8HT

Tel: 01833 696500

 

Walking

A Walking Route planner is available on the right hand side of this page under Related Links, please utilise this to plan your walking route to Richardson Community Hospital.

Walking can reduce the risk of many diseases, including heart attack, stroke, and glaucoma. It helps manage weight, control blood pressure, and protect against hip fractures. Decreasing exposure to heavy traffic and long commutes also reduces stress, which over time increases the risk of conditions like heart disease it can also increase your sense of wellbeing.

Health Benefits of Walking

  • Increased cardiovascular and pulmonary (heart and lung) fitness
  • Reduced risk of heart disease and stroke
  • Improved management of conditions such as hypertension (high blood pressure), high cholesterol, joint and muscular pain or stiffness, and diabetes
  • Stronger bones and improved balance
  • Increased muscle strength and endurance
  • Reduced body fat

Cycling

A Cycling Route planner is available on the right hand side of this page under Related Links, please utilise this to plan your Cycling route to Richardson Community Hospital.

Cycle Storage

There are 5 cycle stands outside main entrance for Visitor and Staff use.

Bikes are efficient, too. You travel around three times as fast as walking for the same amount of energy. You have your weight ratio to thank: you're about six times heavier than your bike, but a car is 20 times heavier than you. Cycling in the UK has increased by as much as 200% during the coronavirus lockdown. Twenty bicycles can be parked in the same space as one car. It takes around 5 per cent of the materials and energy used to make a car to build a bike, and a bike produces zero pollution

Health Benefits of Cycling

  • Increased cardiovascular fitness
  • Increased muscle strength and flexibility
  • Improved joint mobility
  • Decreased stress levels
  • Improved posture and coordination
  • Strengthened bones
  • Decreased body fat levels
  • Prevention or management of disease

Cycling Top Tips!

  • Wear a comfortable, well-fitting helmet
  • Be seen - wear bright clothes and something reflective
  • Stop at junctions and look, look and look again. If you're not sure, wait
  • Carry emergency contact details with you. If going on a long bike ride let someone know when you expect to return and the route you'll take
  • Keep tyres inflated; it makes for a smoother ride, means less effort to pedal and makes the bike easier to handle
  • If you are riding at dusk or in the dark make sure your bike has lights
  • Use hand signals to show where you are going. Help drivers to help you

Public Transport

Bus Time Tables are available on the right hand side of this page under Related Links, please utilise these to plan your journey to Richardson Community Hospital.

Approximately 85 percent of greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector are related to the surface transportation system. Public transportation use is one of the most effective actions individuals can take to conserve energy. Riding public transportation far exceeds the benefits of other energy-saving household activities, such as using energy-efficient light bulbs, adjusting thermostats, or using energy-efficient appliances.

Car Travel

A Car Travel Route planner is available on the right hand side of this page under Related Links, please utilise this to plan your Car Journey to Richardson Community Hospital.

Car Parking Charges

There are no charges for Parking whilst visiting Richardson Community Hospital

Additional Information

While we endeavor to provide the appropriate car parking for our patients, visitors and users, spaces are limited and at peak times our car parks can get busy and congested.

If you do decide to travel by car, please leave plenty of time before your appointment to give you a chance to find a parking space. We cannot be held responsible for your late arrival due to car parking related issues.

It is extremely important that patients and visitors are able to park safely when visiting our hospitals.  Two of our car parks have been awarded the Park Mark award for our efforts to promote the safety and security of people and vehicles

Please do not park on double yellow or double red lines, hatched areas at any time as access is required around the site at all times.

There are also designated drop off bays / short stay parking areas at each of our sites which enable 20 minutes of free parking.

If you are parking in the local neighborhood, please be considerate to local residents.

Patient Transport

You can continue to use hospital transport services, including Patient Transport Service which is available Monday - Friday with first appointment drop off at 09:00 and last return journey collection is 16:30.

  • Patients in Teesside and Darlington can book transport by telephoning Transport Information Service on 01642 263 122.
  • Patients in the Durham Dales and East Durham can telephone Travel Response Centre on 03000 269 9999.
  • Patients in North Durham should either contact their GP or the Travel Response Centre.

Other support is available including, Help to Health: 0300 330 9242, The Friends of Darlington Memorial Hospital volunteer driver service: 01325 743 866, the Link2 bus: 03000 269 999, public or private transport.

Patients who receive certain benefits can claim back reasonable transport costs from the cashier's offices at University Hospital of North Durham and Darlington Memorial Hospital, or from reception at Bishop Auckland Hospital, Chester-le-Street Community Hospital and Shotley Bridge Hospital.

You can find further information on these services in the Patient Transport Services link on the top right hand side of this page.

'I cannot commend the clinic enough. It is marvellous we have this service at all and well done to you all.'

Patient, Coronary Heart Disease / Heart Failure Service, Shotley Bridge Community Hospital