[N]ew safety measures are being introduced in the car parks at the Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle next week.
From Monday 11 July 2016, UK Parking Control (UKPC) will be patrolling the hospital site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. During the first week they will be issuing written warnings to anybody parked inappropriately followed by the introduction of Parking Charges from Monday 18 July 2016. The Parking Charges are being introduced for staff, patients and visitors should they park inappropriately as an incentive to ensure the hospital can operate safely. This will apply to all vehicles not parking in accordance with the rules as displayed in the car parks.
This will include:
- All vehicles must be parked only within marked bays
- A valid pay and display ticket must be clearly displayed at all times
- Disabled badge holders only in disabled bays. A valid disabled badge must be clearly displayed at all times
- No parking on red or yellow lines or in an area with hatched markings which would potentially block emergency access
- No parking on pavements or grassed areas
- Drop off point 20 minute maximum stay
- No parking in the contractors car park which is for branded vehicles working on site only
- No parking in staff only areas
Clear signage will be displayed notifying all car users of this change in policy.
Information on which car parks are available to patients and visitors is available on the Trust’s website at http://www.ncuh.nhs.uk/patients-and-visitors/car-parking.aspx
To help ease congestion in the car parks, a new staff car park opened last month providing 100 extra spaces for staff permit holders. This has freed up space in the patients and visitors car parks. Plans are also being finalised for a new car park at the back of the Infirmary next to the helipad which will provide approximately 270 additional spaces. It is anticipated that this car park will be completed in January 2017 along with a full barrier pay on exit system.
Stephen Eames, chief executive at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “I am aware that car parking has been an issue for some time now at the Trust, particularly at the Cumberland Infirmary. When reviewing the provision of parking, my absolute priority is the safety of our staff, patients and visitors and I have been very concerned about some of the incidents that have been reported to me in recent weeks.
“The police, ambulance service and fire service have been in touch to say they have experienced difficulties recently in accessing the Cumberland Infirmary due to cars parked inappropriately. This is very alarming as it is crucial that all emergency vehicles have easy access to our hospital sites.
“I would like to reiterate that these changes are being implemented to ensure the safety of those who use the Cumberland Infirmary. Cars parked haphazardly are dangerous for a number of reasons, including blocking a clear view for crossing the road, forcing people onto roads as cars block pavements, the increased risk of an accident and restricting access for emergency vehicles. I’m sure everybody will agree that this has to stop.”
The Parking Charges will be issued by UK Parking Control (UKPC) and once issued; they cannot be withdrawn or cancelled by the Trust or its PFI partner. Appeals can be made through UK Parking Control and the process will be detailed on the Parking Charge (the appeals process document can be accessed on the Trust’s website at http://www.ncuh.nhs.uk/patients-and-visitors/car-parking.aspx. The cost of a Parking Charge will be £40 if paid within 14 days and £70 thereafter in line with standard charges.
If a vehicle is found to be blocking access to the emergency services or parked on a clearway marked by double red lines, the vehicle may be removed via a registered external agency.