"Car Parking at Heartlands Hospital Birmingham"
About: Heartlands Hospital Heartlands Hospital Birmingham B9 5SS Kidderminster Treatment Centre - Acute Trust / General surgery Kidderminster Treatment Centre - Acute Trust General surgery DY11 6RJ Worcestershire Royal Hospital / General surgery Worcestershire Royal Hospital General surgery WR5 1DD
Posted by bewdleymalcs (as ),
Gridlock on afternoon Monday 16th January. There is not enough room and there is no warning or contingency plan once the car park is full. There was no evidence of anyone in authority or taking charge of the situation. Cars were having to park on the verges, thus preventing two way traffic. More and more cars were entering a full car park whilst those who wanted to leave could not.
A simple counting mechanism on the electronic gates would prevent the car park from becoming overloaded as per public car parks. However there is no real alternative parking once the hospital parking is full.
There is a charge for parking.....is this used efficiently to address issues such as this?
People often travel a long way to get to this or any other hospital. We travelled 90 mins.
Patients or relatives are often ill or stressed or both. Delays cause patients to be late for appointments and thus the whole system fails.
Parking is a huge problem in all the hospitals I have had dealings with recently, particularly Worcester Hospital and Warwick and, but less so, Kidderminster.
Lack of land means either multistorey or more feasible a park and ride scheme.
This may seem low priority given all the other funding problems within the NHS but is a huge source of frustration and stress.
PS I have recently retired as a GP and really appreciate the service provided by the NHS. There is no other system as good in the World!