Park­ing prob­lems at hos­pi­tal could be eased

Hinckley Times - - NEWS -

PARK­ING woes could be eased at Nuneaton’s hos­pi­tal as scores of ex­tra spa­ces have been made avail­able for frus­trated staff and pa­tients.

It is no se­cret that, in re­cent years, the Ge­orge Eliot Hos­pi­tal has suf­fered from se­ri­ous park­ing is­sues as mo­torists clam­ber to find a place to park.

To ease the headache suf­fered by pa­tients, vis­i­tors and their own work­force, bosses at the hos­pi­tal have made huge moves to cre­ate more spa­ces.

The once staff-only car park, near to the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion build­ing and Ge­orge Eliot Training and Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre (GETEC) has now been opened up to the pub­lic.

But staff have not been for­got­ten, the once-grassed area, near to the Sky Blue Sex­ual As­sault Re­fer­ral Cen­tre, is now a park­ing area for em­ploy­ees.

Andy Lav­er­ick, di­rec­tor for IT, es­tates and fa­cil­i­ties, said: “An ad­di­tional tem­po­rary staff car park was opened in May this year and is be­ing used by staff. Pa­tients can now also park in the car parks by the Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and GETEC build­ings. A pay and dis­play ma­chine is avail­able in this area for pa­tients to use.

“Park­ing for pa­tients has im­proved since the changes were in­tro­duced.”

Hos­pi­tal chiefs have added that the on­go­ing car park­ing sit­u­a­tion is be­ing mon­i­tored and it was hinted that the hos­pi­tal may get rid of the cur­rent bar­rier sys­tem on the main car parks, in favour of pay on foot ma­chines sim­i­lar to those at the Rope­walk Shop­ping Cen­tre. No fur­ther moves have been made on the pro­posal.

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