Hos­pi­tal has­sles leave vis­i­tors park­ing mad

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mo­bil­ity is­sues are driven straight to the main en­trance and as­sisted from there,’’ he says.

Caryl Simp­son, of Blen­heim, says she strug­gles to find a free dis­abil­ity park­ing space.

‘‘I am of­ten up there with two el­derly par­ents, of­ten with one in a wheel­chair or with a walker, and too of­ten all the mo­bil­ity park­ing spa­ces are taken along with all the rest of the spa­ces,’’ she says.

In a pub­lic poll on so­cial web­site Neigh­bourly, 80 per cent of peo­ple agreed there were not enough park­ing spa­ces with some sug­gest­ing a new park­ing build­ing be built.

Twenty per cent of re­spon­dents said park­ing had never been a prob­lem.

Jill Hys­lop, of Blen­heim, says money would be bet­ter spent on health re­sources.

‘‘I am sure Wairau Hos­pi­tal funds would be bet­ter value spent on ser­vices to the pub­lic health than a park­ing build­ing.

‘‘How lucky peo­ple of Blen­heim are to have park­ing a few me­tres from the front door,’’ she says.

Sin­clair says the num­ber of spa­ces was ‘‘care­fully cal­cu­lated’’.

‘‘We fol­lowed coun­cil by­law to as­sign mo­bil­ity parks, and cal­cu­lated the ra­tio of staff-to-pub­lic parks care­fully.

‘‘We reg­u­larly re­mind hos­pi­tal staff not to park in pub­lic car parks but this isn’t par­tic­u­larly an is­sue,’’ she says.

‘‘We ap­pre­ci­ate that a visit to hos­pi­tal can be a stress­ful time for pa­tients and fam­ily and are keen to try and make vis­it­ing as easy as pos­si­ble, in­clud­ing park­ing pro­vi­sions.

‘‘If peo­ple have com­plaints, we need them to get in touch with us di­rectly so that the com­plaint can be logged and for­mally in­ves­ti­gated,’’ he says.

With park­ing spa­ces some­times at a pre­mium at Wairau Hos­pi­tal peo­ple park on the sur­round­ing grass verges.

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