Important changes taking place at the RLI
The Trust has announced important plans to change the Royal Lancaster Infirmary site to significantly improve the quality of the environment for acute medical patients.
At the beginning of November 2012, a new temporary ward block will open as part of a larger re-organisation of wards in the Centenary Building to improve the environment for patients whilst in hospital.
You can read all about this positive development here.
Our key services
Key treatments, specialisms and services offered at Royal Lancaster Infirmary include:
- 433 Beds
- Emergency Department
- Oncology Unit
- Critical Care Unit
- Maternity and Special Care
- Outpatient Services
How to find us
Royal Lancaster Infirmary
Plan your route with Google maps
Please check with the local operator before travelling if you are unsure.
Bus services stopping on South Road, adjacent to Royal Lancaster Infirmary
2 - most are wheelchair accessible
2a - most are wheelchair accessible
3 - wheelchair accessible
4 - not wheelchair accessible
40 - not wheelchair accessible
41 - not wheelchair accessible
42 - not wheelchair accessible
As well as the regular buses which run South in and out of the town centre along the A6, there is now a public bus which stops on site Monday to Saturday between 7.30am and 5.30pm. The bus (No. 88), operated by Kirkby Lonsdale coaches, sets off from Common Garden in the town centre and travels to Ashford Way and back (Ashton Road), every 30 minutes. The bus stops at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary are situated in front of the main entrance to the Centenary Building (adjacent to the A&E Dept) and in front of Medical Unit Two. This service is not wheelchair accessible.
Distance: 1 mile (approx)
Time to walk: 15 - 20 minutes
When leaving the train station:
Travelling from the North - exit the station and turn right, walk up the hill to the main road (Meeting House Lane) and turn left, walking along the road until you come to a set of main traffic lights with a book shop on your right and the main shopping area ahead of you.
Travelling from the South - exit the station and turn left, walk up the hill to the main road (Meeting House Lane / Westbourne Road) and turn left, walking along the road until you come to a set of main traffic lights with a book shop on your right and the main shopping area ahead of you.
Turn right at the junction (one way street for traffic - A6, King Street). Follow this road, heading up the hill to the main junction, the Royal Lancaster Infirmary is on the right hand side across the junction.
Train information can be obtained from National Rail.
Arriving by Road
There are road signs to the hospital as you enter Lancaster.
From the south, leave M6 at Junction 33. Head north along the A6 to Lancaster (for approximately 5 miles) passing the University. On approaching the roundabout on the south side, take the first exit leading to A588 (Ashton Road) and follow Infirmary signs.
From the north, leave the M6 at Junction 34. Turn left on A683 to Lancaster. Follow A6 south signs, take the third exit leading to the A588 as above.
Limited parking spaces are available on two pay and display car parks, one on Ashton Road and a second in front of Medical Unit Two.
Designated parking for people with blue badges exists in front of all the main entrances and close to the entrance and exit of the main pay & display car park on Ashton Road. Drivers with blue badges utilising these spaces are not required to pay.
Like many city centre hospitals car parking is limited, please allow time to find a space and park. Visitors may find parking easier after 4pm on a weekday.
- Up to 1 hour - £1.25
- Up to 2 hours - £2.15
- Up to 4 hours - £3.70
- Up to 8 hours - £5.45
- Up to 24 hours - £7.10
- Weekly ticket - £7.60
There are also limited 20 minute short stay parking spaces in front of entrances. Please note that the pay and display machines only take coins, not notes or debit/credit cards.
If your appointment is for Medical Unit 2, please note that the Unit is at the bottom of a steep hill.
Whenever possible people attending the site for whatever reason are asked to consider and use public transport wherever possible.
The Trust meets regularly with members of groups which represent people with disabilities.
Significant recent improvements at Royal Lancaster Infirmary include, installation of automatic doors at the front of the Centenary Building and, the availability of personal listening devices for people with a hearing impairment at most clinic reception areas. These areas display the standard RNID purple notice.
For visiting times, please see the visiting times information leaflet.
On and off site facilities
Skylight Restaurant Opening Times (Situated on Lower Ground Centenary Building):
Staff and visitor restaurant: 8.00am-7pm
Hot and cold snacks available all day.
Breakfast 8am - 11.00am / Lunch served 12.00 - 3.00pm / Supper served 5.15 - 7.00pm
Hot and cold vending facilities available in the Restaurant 24hrs.
WRVS Tea Bar
The WRVS tea bar is located next to the main outpatients department. The tea bar is open Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 4.00pm. A wide range of items is available including cards, magazines, newspapers, baby clothes, soft toys, drinks, snacks, ice creams and of course, chocolates.
The General Office is located on the ground floor of Medical Unit 1. Follow the signs from the main entrance or ask for directions at reception. The office is open Monday-Friday 9am - 5pm.
Enquiry desks, manned by volunteers throughout the day, are situated inside the entrances in Medical Unit One and the Centenary Building.
There are public cycle facilities situated in front of the Centenary Building and also in front of Medical Unit One.
Lancaster City Centre shopping area is a short 5 - 10 minute.