Call for hospital users to ‘respect parking arrangements’

The stretch of road where problems are occurring at the South Wing at Altnagelvin Hospital.

The stretch of road where problems are occurring at the South Wing at Altnagelvin Hospital.

  • Hospital users ‘moving’ traffic cones to park
  • Western Trust thanks members of public for patience
  • Patients encouraged to leave time to find parking
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Members of the public have been asked to respect temporary parking arrangements at Altnagelvin Hospital as work continues on a number of building projects inside the hospital grounds.

The call has come from Sinn Fein Councillor Colly Kelly who said yesterday he had been contacted by constituents who had experienced major difficulty with the arrangements for parking at the South Wing of the hospital.

Going to the hospital can be a stressful time and everyone is under pressure these days with time but people should leave that bit earlier to get a parking space and take heed of the hospital’s appeal,

Sinn Fein Councillor, Colly Kelly

Colr. Kelly said ongoing building work is leading to problems particularly around visiting times during the day with parking space at a premium.

He added: “I have been contacted by a number of constituents to highlight an ongoing problem at the road in and out of the South Wing. They have complained that motorists are parking along the exit road and have reduced it to one way traffic at times. Others have told me they had difficulty reversing out of the disabled bays as cars were parked directly behind them.

“Barriers have been erected and yellow traffic cones put down but people are simply ignoring them and in some cases lifting the cones and throwing them on the grass verge. This is unacceptable unless in the case of an emergency situation. Going to the hospital can be a stressful time and everyone is under pressure these days with time but people should leave that bit earlier to get a parking space and take heed of the hospital’s appeal,” he said.

A spokesperson for the Western Trust said yesterday: “The Trust is mindful that it is sometimes difficult to park at Altnagelvin Hospital. This is due to ongoing construction on site. The outpatients car park has been closed since January 2015 and in advance of work commencing on the multi-storey car park, in excess of 160 additional temporary car parking spaces have been established throughout the Altnagelvin site. The 350 space multi-storey car park will open in Autumn 2015. This development was necessary due to the increased volume of cars around the hospital and the future opening of the Radiotherapy Unit.

The spokesperson added: “We would like to thank the public for their continued patience and goodwill as we undertake major improvements at Altnagelvin Hospital. Whilst we continue to make every effort to minimise disruption, construction activity may from time to time have an impact on visitors as they drive around the hospital site. It is advised to allow an extra ten minutes when arriving for an appointment, especially if arriving by car and requiring a parking space. There is also a regular bus service to and from the hospital site.”