"Problems with disabled car parking at Derriford Hospital"
About: Derriford Hospital / General medicine Derriford Hospital General medicine PL6 8DH
Posted by Nonnymoose (as ),
There is a so called "grace" period given to the disabled in the new disabled car park which is far too short. On a recent out patient visit, it took me nearly 20 minutes from the time the barrier closed as I drove in, to the time I arrived at my clinic which ran late as usual. Then, I encountered a further delay at the on site Lloyds Chemist while I waited for my medication.
In total, my parking time was made up as follows - to and from clinic, 35 minutes, waiting at clinic, 35 minutes, in clinic, 10 minutes, chemist, 20 minutes.
Then, I find the parking machine is open to the weather has incomprehensible instructions, is very difficult to use by those with limited dexterity, and does not give change which in itself is unacceptable.
This detracts from the excellent treatment given by the doctors and the nursing staff and makes a stressful and sometimes unpleasant experience even more so.
The parking issue affects everyone visiting the hospital and I would love to find out just how many appointments are missed annually because of the inability to find somewhere to park your car. With the continued reduction in public transport, this situation will only get worse.