ALMOST 200 extra car parking spaces are being created at St Mary's Hospital.
Planning permission has been granted for 194 new spaces at the hospital, which will be split between staff, patient and visitor parking.
There are currently 1,180 parking spaces at the St Mary's site.
Isle of Wight NHS Trust chief executive Karen Baker said today (Tuesday): "We know it can be difficult to park at the hospital, for staff and for visitors, and the distress it can sometimes cause to patients who have an appointment to attend.
"Hopefully, with the additional spaces we have received planning consent for, it will help relieve some of the pressure on parking, particularly on certain days which are busier that others due to clinics.
"However, there is no quick fix and we need to continue to look at ways of reducing the amount of traffic on the hospital site and look at how we can support staff to use alternative methods of transport to and from work."
Work on a new staff car park to the north east of the hospital site, and the reallocation of existing parking spaces near the main hospital building, is due to start on February 4. The work is expected to be completed by the end of March.