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Well - there are around 15,000 people employed by the Trust - not all of them will get to work by car and many are coming and going at different times of the day and night.

Your guess is as good as mine as to how many staff member cars are trying to park in the limited number of staff parking spaces at the NGH at any one time.

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If you can book appt at the NGH (lets face it how many are going there unbooked if not in A&E?) then surely you could book a car parking spot? Leeds run such a system apparently.

 

If no car spot isbooked or cannot be booked then you know that you probably wont get one and can get bus/taxi etc.

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You are presuming that all people that visit our hospitals are local people?

We are fortunate enough to have a number of hospitals on our doorstep, should we be ill enough to require them.

Some cancer patients come from miles away for treatment. I couldn't think of anything worse than not only having cancer but to have to sit on public transport before and after immunosupressant therapy with with the likely hood of people coughing and spluttering all over me.

You may have been inconvenienced by 25 minutes but some other people may be inconvenienced by hours and thise that are so ill they require weekly, montly, daily treatments are those that are likely to be out of work and can not afford to use taxis and public transport.

Some people should count themselves the lucky ones!

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Might sound extreme this but my recent visit to the hospital (by taxi) was a joke, It took 25 minutes to get to the front entrance because of the gridlock by all the people in their own cars trying to find a parking space.

I drive a car and I either get a bus or taxi because driving my car to the RHH is just too stressful.

I've come to the conclusion that a ban on cars entering the hospital grounds of all the hospitals would help congestion, not make people late and also help the environment.

Thoughts?

 

what is the difference between a privite hire and a private car?

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You are presuming that all people that visit our hospitals are local people?

We are fortunate enough to have a number of hospitals on our doorstep, should we be ill enough to require them.

Some cancer patients come from miles away for treatment. I couldn't think of anything worse than not only having cancer but to have to sit on public transport before and after immunosupressant therapy with with the likely hood of people coughing and spluttering all over me.

You may have been inconvenienced by 25 minutes but some other people may be inconvenienced by hours and thise that are so ill they require weekly, montly, daily treatments are those that are likely to be out of work and can not afford to use taxis and public transport.

Some people should count themselves the lucky ones!

 

Any patient requiring regular treatment who does not live locally and is unable to travel on public transport due to their illness would be provided with hospital transport.

P.s., I doubt that anyone who is attending any hospital with ANY illness would ' count themselves lucky' ! There are many far less treatable illnesses than cancer.

Edited by Daven

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It's a difficult one. In the last five or six years I've been back and forth to hospitals with elderly relatives in their eighties, some in their late eighties. At most hospitals there is a walk - sometimes quite a long walk - to and from the parking.

There are many cases like this, so the drop off and pick up points at Pinderfields in Wakey is regularly very busy. Old, ill people (of whom there are, unsurprisingly, rather a lot of around hospitals) can't walk very far.

Some of it is just bad design by the hospital architects. A bigger drop off / pick up area, close to the hospital entrance, would solve a lot of problems.

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What's wrong with building a decent parking structure?

 

Great idea. Lets increase the the waiting time for operations sack a few

medical staff to pay for the structure. Or perhaps you know

where the money will come from,that will not affect patient care

 

If shuttle buses were run from city centre to the hospitals and people got out their cars for once would help

Edited by bazjea

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The biggest disgrace is hospital staff having to pay for parking spaces.

It is a large chunk out of already poor salaries.

In most cases, due the shifts worked, public transport is not an option.

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My experience at the RHH regarding hold ups at the out patients is, it is not cars that cause hold ups there, cars do go past there looking for parking spaces my experience is they do not stop they keep moving unless some one is leaving and they are going to go in there space, what the op is witnessing, "to me" is ambulances pulling up at the out patients and escorting them the patient's to where ever they need to go and, in doing so, they consequently have a big long line of cars behind the ambulance and some times they do seem to take along time.

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The biggest disgrace is hospital staff having to pay for parking spaces.

It is a large chunk out of already poor salaries.

In most cases, due the shifts worked, public transport is not an option.

 

Lots of people have to pay a "chunk out of their salaries" to pay towards parking.

 

Lots of people do shift work - not just hospital staff.

 

Most public transport services finish their runs between 11.15 and midnight. They start up again from around 5.30 onwards.

 

In my experience shift work is usually set within either "daytime" "twilight" and "through-night" which would allow start/finish times within the same periods as operating buses/trams. I have worked shifts myself and done work during both 2pm - 10pm shifts and 10pm - 6am shifts both perfectly within bus running times.

 

If you really are one of the FEW shift workers who finish outside of public transport running times, then that's a matter for you to try and sort out. Its not beyond the realms of possibility to make alternative arrangements, adjust working hours, car share, split taxis or other options to get to and from work.

 

Its all well and good demanding that staff have some right to free and available parking but in the real world land is not infinite. Hospital car parks are not there solely for the benefit of the staff. There has to be some way of controlling it.

 

Despite what people try and argue not ALL staff need to be travelling in their cars. If they dont want to pay for parking - get to work another way.

Edited by ECCOnoob

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Might sound extreme this but my recent visit to the hospital (by taxi) was a joke, It took 25 minutes to get to the front entrance because of the gridlock by all the people in their own cars trying to find a parking space.

I drive a car and I either get a bus or taxi because driving my car to the RHH is just too stressful.

I've come to the conclusion that a ban on cars entering the hospital grounds of all the hospitals would help congestion, not make people late and also help the environment.

Thoughts?

 

If everyone used a taxi then the hospital entrances would be clogged up with taxis.

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If everyone used a taxi then the hospital entrances would be clogged up with taxis.

 

i was going put that in my post, but i thought i said enough.

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