Patients and visitors to Derry’s Altnagelvin Hospital have contacted the ‘Journal’ to express concerns after signs were erected at the hospital’s south car park which appear to mark the area as a ‘paid for’ car park.
One caller told the ‘Journal;’ “I visited the car park earlier this week and saw the signs but no barriers or obvious sign where you were to pay. I wasn’t sure if I would be coming back to my car to a parking ticket but I was bringing someone in for urgent medical care and had to leave my vehicle.”
Another caller said: “It was very confusing. I’m not sure where you can park for free in hospital grounds. I always use the rear car park because I know it is free to use.”
However a spokesperson for Altnagelvin said it is only a small area at the rear of the car park which will now require a fee for parking.
They said: “Following Trust Board approval in May 2011 to extend paid parking on the site it was agreed to defer implementation of paid parking on 89 spaces at the rear of the South Car Park until completion of an additional 150 free spaces.
“These additional 150 free spaces are due to be operational within the next two weeks.
“At this point the 89 spaces at the rear of the South Car Park will become chargeable.”