"Disabled parking needs a rethink at the Royal Hallamshire"
About: Royal Hallamshire Hospital Royal Hallamshire Hospital
Posted by chris (as ),
On a recent visit I was unable to find a parking space on the main service road outside the hospital.
As an independent wheelchair user it makes things difficult and sometimes dangerous if I have to park down the hill from the hospital and push up the main road, especially when it is wet.
There are disabled spaces outside but they are always either occupied by non-blue badge holders or 'coned off'. I asked the parking attendant to remove the cones but he was uncooperative and I had to park some distance away.
I accept that the blue badge scheme is flawed, but staff need to be able to distinguish between those who can walk to some degree and those who cannot. Even if I had found a space I would have blocked the road getting mysyelf and my wheelchair out of the car; as it was I had a wet and difficult push up the hill from Glossop Road.
A review of disabled parking arrangements is necessary!