Hos­pi­tal’s new car park to re-open soon

Elec­tri­cal is­sues keep mul­ti­storey closed three weeks

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - LOCAL NEWS - BY JAMES WYLLIE

Des­per­ate pa­tients are still strug­gling to park at a flag­ship north-east hos­pi­tal, af­ter a week­end of con­struc­tion work on a mul­ti­storey car park turned into al­most three weeks and count­ing.

The £10.7mil­lion Lady He­len Park­ing Cen­tre at Aberdeen Royal In­fir­mary opened on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 25, then closed a day later to al­low for work on the “lifts, light­ing and other ar­eas.” At the time, NHS Grampian said the clo­sure had been planned as part of a short “soft open­ing” and im­plied that the fa­cil­ity would only be shut for a few days.

The health board said: “We would like to ad­vise that the mul­ti­storey car park is cur­rently closed from today and over the week­end.

“We aim to keep these clo­sure pe­ri­ods to a min­i­mum, how­ever we ex­pect there will be pe­ri­ods where the car park is not open to users over the next few weeks.” De­spite the re­as­sur­ance, the car park has yet to re-open leav­ing peo­ple scram­bling for spa­ces through­out Forester­hill.

An NHS Grampian spokes­woman has told the Press and Jour­nal the car park is ex­pected to re-open soon. She said: “We ex­pe­ri­enced elec­tri­cal prob­lems in the car park shortly af­ter open­ing which has taken time to rec­tify.

“We are also tak­ing the op­por­tu­nity dur­ing this clo­sure pe­riod to im­prove sig­nage fol­low­ing pa­tient and vis­i­tor feed­back.

“This work has now been com­pleted and is await­ing fi­nal safety checks and sign off. As soon as this has taken place, we will be able to re-open the car park.

“We can only apol­o­gise for the fur­ther in­con­ve­nience this has caused.”

Jamie Weir, the spokes- man for NHS Grampian pa­tient group PACT, said: “The new car park will make a lot of dif­fer­ence so any de­lay makes this more dif­fi­cult, es­pe­cially when it is com­ing up to win­ter­time.”

North-east Labour MSP Lewis Macdon­ald added: “I think it is clear that, what­ever the pur­pose of open­ing for around 24 hours, it served no use­ful pur­pose for the users.

“When it does open prop­erly, I hope they can rely on it stay­ing open.”

“We had elec­tri­cal prob­lems soon af­ter open­ing”

MUL­TI­STOREY: The £10.7mil­lion car park opened for a day and has been closed since

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