Hospital barriers going to ease parking pain

Essex County Standard: Hospital barriers going to ease parking pain Hospital barriers going to ease parking pain

COLCHESTER General Hospital could scrap the barriers at its car park after patients complained of missed appointments due to queues.

Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust is investigating alternative arrangements, which could be in place by spring.

Parking fees will still be charged.

A hospital spokesman said: “We are investigating options for improvements, which include replacing the barrier entry system with a barrier-less arrangement to improve the flow of vehicles.

“We are aware on weekday afternoons, when visiting coincides with outpatient clinics, it is not always easy to find a free space in our public car park.”

The barriers cause a problem because they do not open if the car park is full, resulting in queues.

They also intermittently break down, resulting in lost revenue and motorists driving around an already full car park.

At busy periods, the hospital opens 40 spaces for public parking in a staff car park.

Sue Lissimore, a member of Essex County Council’s health committee, had to phone to cancel her physiotherapy appointment while sitting in a queue just outside the hospital last month.

She said: “I was left in a ludicrous situation where I could see where I was meant to be, but I couldn’t get there.

“I had to call my physiotherapist and say ‘I can see you. I’m here, but I’m already late, so there’s no point in me coming’.”

“Barrier-free parking will certainly help.”

The number of public spaces is reduced at the moment while a £25million radiotherapy cancer centre is built between the main hospital building and Gainsborough Wing.

There will be 80 more parking spaces when the project is completed in the early spring.

Mrs Lissimore said: “I’ve been to the hospital and the barrier has not been working, which has led to incredible tailbacks.

“As for more parking being available, that’s great, but people can’t get access to it if they’re stuck sitting on Turner Road, so hopefully it will have a meaningful effect.”

She said has asked representatives from the hospital to attend a meeting of the health committee in Chelmsford in March to

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12:20pm Thu 16 Jan 14

hughie-s says...

Getting rid of one problem and creating another surely?

"The barriers cause a problem because they do not open if the car park is full, resulting in queues. "

So you take them away and

"They also intermittently break down, resulting in lost revenue and motorists driving around an already full car park. "


Presumably if they are still going to charge they will need to employ "parking revenue protection executives" to ensure everyone pays.

Better appoint a Director of Parking Reinvigoration and set up a committee to discuss this.
Getting rid of one problem and creating another surely? "The barriers cause a problem because they do not open if the car park is full, resulting in queues. " So you take them away and "They also intermittently break down, resulting in lost revenue and motorists driving around an already full car park. " Presumably if they are still going to charge they will need to employ "parking revenue protection executives" to ensure everyone pays. Better appoint a Director of Parking Reinvigoration and set up a committee to discuss this. hughie-s

1:02pm Thu 16 Jan 14

jim_bo says...

Is it me? Are these people for real?

The car park is full! Whether there is a barrier or not it's still full!

Build a multi storey and then staff, patients and visitors can all park. No one is going to change to public transport just cos you can't park.
Is it me? Are these people for real? The car park is full! Whether there is a barrier or not it's still full! Build a multi storey and then staff, patients and visitors can all park. No one is going to change to public transport just cos you can't park. jim_bo

2:27pm Thu 16 Jan 14

tizwaz says...

jim_bo wrote:
Is it me? Are these people for real?

The car park is full! Whether there is a barrier or not it's still full!

Build a multi storey and then staff, patients and visitors can all park. No one is going to change to public transport just cos you can't park.
yes well said, multi storey, making ground floor for disabled,
[quote][p][bold]jim_bo[/bold] wrote: Is it me? Are these people for real? The car park is full! Whether there is a barrier or not it's still full! Build a multi storey and then staff, patients and visitors can all park. No one is going to change to public transport just cos you can't park.[/p][/quote]yes well said, multi storey, making ground floor for disabled, tizwaz

3:34am Fri 17 Jan 14

Boris says...

No sympathy whatsoever for Sue Lissimore. She is actually quite a good councillor, the best among all the Tories anyway, but she ought to know that if you drive to Colchester General Hospital you must allow plenty of time for parking. There is a bus which will take her straight from the town centre (where she can park for free behind the town hall) to the hospital. But the bus is not good enough for her. Yet she takes a physiotherapy appointment which someone else could have used, and fails to show up. Thoughtless behaviour like this does not help the NHS.
No sympathy whatsoever for Sue Lissimore. She is actually quite a good councillor, the best among all the Tories anyway, but she ought to know that if you drive to Colchester General Hospital you must allow plenty of time for parking. There is a bus which will take her straight from the town centre (where she can park for free behind the town hall) to the hospital. But the bus is not good enough for her. Yet she takes a physiotherapy appointment which someone else could have used, and fails to show up. Thoughtless behaviour like this does not help the NHS. Boris

7:41am Fri 17 Jan 14

Logo30 says...

Entirely agree that this is really disappointing by the Councillor.

As a prominent member of Essex County Council (Deputy to the Cabinet Member for Economic Growth), I would suggest that energies would be far better expended investigating and explaining why the County Council have failed to deliver a park and ride factility in her town when it has been planned for / included in their budgetary plans for a number of years now.

One of the key objectives of this scheme is to relieve the pressure on parking at the hospital.

The failure to deliver this facility is all the more alarming when you consider significant monies are being allocated for 13/14 and 14/15 to enhance and expand the existing park and rides at Chelmsford.

You couldn't make it up!!!!!!!!
Entirely agree that this is really disappointing by the Councillor. As a prominent member of Essex County Council (Deputy to the Cabinet Member for Economic Growth), I would suggest that energies would be far better expended investigating and explaining why the County Council have failed to deliver a park and ride factility in her town when it has been planned for / included in their budgetary plans for a number of years now. One of the key objectives of this scheme is to relieve the pressure on parking at the hospital. The failure to deliver this facility is all the more alarming when you consider significant monies are being allocated for 13/14 and 14/15 to enhance and expand the existing park and rides at Chelmsford. You couldn't make it up!!!!!!!! Logo30

12:21pm Fri 17 Jan 14

pinkteapot says...

Mrs Lissimore said “Barrier-free parking will certainly help.” and later “I’ve been to the hospital and the barrier has not been working, which has led to incredible tailbacks." Errrrrrrr.
Mrs Lissimore said “Barrier-free parking will certainly help.” and later “I’ve been to the hospital and the barrier has not been working, which has led to incredible tailbacks." Errrrrrrr. pinkteapot

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