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Right Arrow Car Parking at Southport and Ormskirk Hospitals - PR/49/0405
24 January 2005 at 09:35
In recognition of the difficulties in parking being experienced by patients and visitors at both Ormskirk and Southport Hospitals, staff are being encouraged to ‘Go Green’ and use alternative transport to get to work.

Steve Taylor, Director of Facilities said, “Our priority with car parking has to be to our patients and visitors. The Trust has a Green Travel Plan that was agreed with the local authorities in 2003 in which we undertook to examine how our staff get to work, with the aim of reducing the number of vehicles that come on to the hospital sites. Unfortunately there are limited spaces on our sites and never enough for the demand. Patients should not have anxiety about parking, so this means us finding innovative means of reducing staff car parking. To that end, we are introducing changes that we hope will free up parking spaces for patients attending clinics and for visitors.”

The Trust will introduce incentives for using alternative means of transport, such as cycles; an enhanced car-sharing scheme; and increased charges for the staff parking scheme. There will be no increase for patients or visitors; this will remain at £1.50. The car parks at both sites will also be reconfigured to ensure patients and visitor’s car parks are located nearest to the hospital entrances.

Steve Taylor continued, “We are still in discussions with the local authorities about additional car parking spaces, but if successful this will probably only cope with the demand from the service changes being introduced on both sites. We hope our staff understand why we have had to introduce these changes. I would also ask that our patients and visitors consider whether there is an alternative way they too can come to our hospitals.”

At Southport, the Trust is also in discussions with the local authority about the use of the proposed park and ride scheme on Foul Lane, Kew.

Issued by Matthew King, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

Enquiries to: Matthew King Tel: 01704 704714
E-mail: matthew.king@southportandormskirk.nhs.uk