RE: HOSPITAL Parking.
I have never agreed with charging to park at a hospital, but the system used makes life very difficult.
Late last year I was rushed to Scarborough Hospital in an ambulance and my husband followed in the car.
I don’t think anyone in that situation thinks about paying to park. It’s the last thing on their mind.
When my father was dying in hospital a few years ago, I even forgot to lock my car, never mind think about buying a parking ticket. I was in too much of a hurry. To have come out of the hospital to face a parking fine would have made things even more distressing.
Also, as a disabled person with MS, I can’t always find a parking space, let alone a disabled one and end up having to try and walk from the main road.
At a lot of other hospitals I have visited in the past disabled drivers aren’t even charged to park.
If you read my husband’s letter to this newspaper about the excellent care I received in the three weeks that I was in hospital, you will wonder why the hospital need to charge their excellent staff to park at all.
What other places of work charge their staff to park? The hospital must also have some idea of the number of staff that work each day, so why should a consultant have to park on the pavement at all?
There are obviously not enough parking spaces for staff, out patients or visitors so no wonder people end up parking on the verges and pavement.
It stated in the paper that people visiting relatives in intensive care or in hospital for over a week could apply for parking passes but there was no obvious information that alerted my family to that fact when I was in intensive care and in hospital three weeks altogether.
If we have to pay to park, we need to pay as we leave so that we don’t have to worry about clinics running late or being delayed after receiving bad news. Surely implementing that system would ensure the correct payment was received and the money spent on employing traffic wardens would be saved.
Mrs D Earnshaw