Huge parking shake-up for ARI
Barriers could return to Foresterhill site
A MASSIVE £1 million parking shake-up is planned for the North-east’s main hospital site.
Five hundred extra spaces could be added t o Foresterhill in Aberdeen and shuttle buses used inside and around the site.
But staff have been warned that not all will be eligible for permits to park.
Alternatives proposed include spending £100,000 a year allowing 200 workers to park at Kingswells park and ride, with buses used to trasnport staff to NHS sites.
Barriers will be put in place at Foresterhill – which includes Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, and the children’s and maternity hospitals – to prevent abuse of the parking.
The much discussed proposals have been finalised and will be considered by the NHS Grampian health board on Tuesday.
In an introductory paper, chief executive Richard Carey, pictured, said: “Taking no action to improve the current car parking arrangements at Foresterhill is not an option that NHS Grampian can afford to contemplate.
“The proposals put forward offer the likelihood of significant benefit to the quality of patient care and experience.”
Among highlighted problems are verbal abuse over spaces, clinicians missing appointments and “risk to emergency access” from people parking where they are not supposed to.
Some 7,500 staff use Foresterhill, which caters to 1,500 outpatient appointments, but the site has only 2,500 spaces. It is proposed that 500 spaces are added to the main car park at a cost of £1m.
But the strategy stated: “It would appear inevitable that some form of physical control and management of the Foresterhill site must be introduced in the interim.” Options identified include barriers controlled by staff or volunteers, number plate recognition technology and lockable parking space posts.
Priority will be given to outpatients with clinic appointments and staff needing rapid access to vehicles. The strategy said: “The intention is to ensure that ‘all day parking’ is avoided and that there is a regular flow-through of vehicles allowing those who need to find a space at various times of the day to have a very good chance of success.”
A permit system for staff would be an “essential element” of the arrangements.
Several criteria, including distance and accessibility from home, need for a car at work and any family or personal circumstances will be used to judge eligibility.
The strategy warned: “There are not enough spaces so not everyone
who wants a space will get one – only those who can demonstrate greatest need.
“If you have not been assessed as eligible for one of the priority categories you will need to make alternative arrangements to get to work.”
It added: “Parents of children in nursery or primary education may include this information on their form but it will not guarantee a space.”
OVER-FILLED: The Foresterhill site in Aberdeen does not have enough spaces for the thousands of patients and staff who use it.