"Boston Pilgrim Hospital - Parking Problems"
About: Pilgrim Hospital / Ophthalmology Pilgrim Hospital Ophthalmology PE21 9QS
Posted by lalauk (as ),
Took my mother in law for her appointment at this hospital. Allowed an hour to get there from Spalding. On arrival parking chaos. The main car parks were full. The disabled car parks were full. In the disabled car park (where I would have liked to have parked as my mother in law is registered disabled), I had to engage the services of the security guard to move-on two cars. The drivers refused to move until a space became available and were therefore blocking the route into the car park and the exit out.
As my mother in law was having drops in her eyes I was supposed to accompany her. In the end she went in on her own and I had to continue searching for a space. I found one in the staff car park and was informed that I could get a £30 fine if caught.
I spoke to staff at the hospital who said that the parking is a constant problem with drivers fighting physically over spaces on a regular basis. I also met an elderly disabled couple who said that if they can't get parked, they have to return home without attending their appointments.
Others in the waiting room agreed with them that this is something that happens. I was truly distressed to the point of tears as I could not be with my mother in law when she needed me because of a lack of parking. If this is my story, how many others are distressed like me? How would you like to turn up because of an emergency only to find out that you cannot get to your loved one because of a lack of parking spaces?
All the staff and patients I spoke to were in agreement. Parking needs to be addressed at this hospital. I have also spoken to the Chief Executive's PA regarding my experience in the hope that someone will look into it.