Park­ing at two hos­pi­tals to be strictly mon­i­tored from next month

Llanelli Star - - NEWS - Ian Lewis @IanLewis80 [email protected]­ 07790 591150

PARK­ING at Car­marthen­shire’s two largest hos­pi­tals, Glang­wili Hos­pi­tal in Car­marthen and Prince Philip Hos­pi­tal in Llanelli, will change from next month.

Park­ing con­tin­ues to be free, but use of the car parks will, from Au­gust 1, be strictly mon­i­tored by Au­to­matic Num­ber Plate Recog­ni­tion (ANPR) cam­eras.

The in­tro­duc­tion of this sys­tem is in re­sponse to long run­ning park­ing chal­lenges on both sites and to en­sure that pa­tient ac­cess is pri­ori­tised while at the same time pro­vid­ing park­ing for those staff who need it most.

The move fol­lows the scrapping of £1 park­ing charges at both hos­pi­tals at the start of Septem­ber last year.

In the months that fol­lowed the health board held talks over how best to man­age the public car parks at both hos­pi­tals.

Fol­low­ing the scrapping of park­ing charges, there were re­ports in the weeks af­ter­wards of peo­ple mis­us­ing the car parks at Glang­wili to park for free and head into the town cen­tre for work or shop­ping.

This has been less of an is­sue at Llanelli’s Prince Philip Hos­pi­tal.

With the new mea­sures in place, pa­tients and vis­i­tors can now park for four hours in the des­ig­nated public car parks.

These ar­eas are clearly in­di­cated with pur­ple or blue sig­nage and driv­ers do not need to pay or get a dis­play ticket.

Those need­ing to stay longer than four hours, must en­ter their ve­hi­cle reg­is­tra­tion at one of the val­i­da­tion ter­mi­nals avail­able at key lo­ca­tions across the hos­pi­tal sites.

Pa­tients and vis­i­tors are re­minded not to use staff car parks un­der any cir­cum­stances - this is clearly in­di­cated with red sig­nage, say hos­pi­tal bosses.

All staff who need to park at the Glang­wili or Prince Philip hos­pi­tals are re­quired to ap­ply for a staff park­ing per­mit.

Staff are able to park in zones clearly in­di­cated with red or pur­ple sig­nage. Un­der no cir­cum­stances should staff park in blue public car parks when on duty.

Staff may only park in a des­ig­nated public car park on those days that they are not on duty. To al­low this, these in­di­vid­u­als should con­tact the Cen­tral Trans­port Unit to re­quest tem­po­rary ac­cess when at­tend­ing as a pa­tient.

Joe Teape, direc­tor of op­er­a­tions at Hy­wel Dda Univer­sity Health Board, said: “For the new sys­tem to work, we recog­nise that every­one must en­sure that they park in the cor­rect zones and that some staff may not be el­i­gi­ble for per­mits as we en­sure only staff who have no other rea­son­able al­ter­na­tive but to travel to work by car can park on site.”

Staff, pa­tients and vis­i­tors are re­minded that a Park and Ride ser­vice is avail­able for Glang­wili Hos­pi­tal. This op­er­ates be­tween Glang­wili Hos­pi­tal and the Car­marthen Show­ground car park in Nan­tyci.

Park­ing is free and pa­tients or vis­i­tors only have to pay for the bus. The bus costs £1 per per­son, but is free for staff, con­ces­sion­ary pass hold­ers and un­der 16s ac­com­pa­nied by an adult.

For staff to re­ceive a free bus ride, they need to present their ID badge to the bus driver.

Pic­ture: Robert Me­len

Car park­ing at Prince Philip Hos­pi­tal will be strictly mon­i­tored by ANPR from next month.

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