NHS Ayrshire & Arran has revealed plans to extend the number of available parking spaces at two of their busiest sites, University Hospital Ayr and University Hospital Crosshouse, following long-term observations that demand clearly outstrips supply in these particular cases.
The NHS commissioned JMP Consultants to carry out car parking surveys and a travel plan to assess the situation and calculate the recommended number of car parking spaces on each site, a news report in the local media was able to reveal.
The survey found that at University Hospital Crosshouse the car park reaches and exceeds capacity (104 per cent) at visiting time (3pm), which leads to inappropriate and sometimes dangerous parking.
At University Hospital Ayr the car park reaches and exceeds capacity (109 per cent) by 10am remaining so until 4pm, which leads to inappropriate and sometimes dangerous parking.
The overall proposal to help with the parking issues is to have designated long and short term car parks for patients, staff and visitors.
The NHS is creating 225 extra spaces (including 72 temporary spaces) at University Hospital Ayr. The additional car parking spaces will be created as an extension to the rear of the main car park, beside the helipad. This work will be completed by mid-November 2014.
The short stay car park will be located in the main car park to the front of the hospital. The long stay areas will be the current smaller ‘staff’ car park to the front of the hospital and the parking to the rear of the hospital beside the Day Surgery Unit and nursery.The short stay car parks have a time limit of three hours and the long stay car parks have no time limit for parking.
The proposals for the new car parks will be presented to the Ayrshire and Arran NHS Board in early 2105. If the proposals are approved then the work will begin in February/March 2015.
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