Patients and visitors are reminded that new parking arrangements will be introduced at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley on Sunday, September 5th.
An NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde spokesperson, said: ”The introduction of car park management at our congested hospital sites in Glasgow has already significantly improved access for patients and visitors and has been welcomed by disabled drivers.
“The RAH has real need for a managed and controlled car parking system as the site is particularly congested. Our policy is designed to balance the needs of staff, patients and visitors and ensure our car parks continue to be fairly and effectively managed.”
Currently the site can have anything between 60 and 325 more cars parked than there are car parking spaces for with cars parked inappropriately across the whole site. Vehicles are left on pavements, verges or any other location that can physically accommodate them resulting in pedestrian walkways and entrances to departments and services being blocked or impeded. This often includes clinical and emergency areas.
The introduction of managed car parking at the RAH is in response to these problems and meets the challenges experienced by the site.
As of Sunday there will be a maximum stay of four hours in patient and visitor car parks. This will not affect the vast majority of patients and visitors and special arrangements are in place for the small number of patients or visitors who may require to park for longer than four hours.
The sole purpose of this time limit is to ensure that in car parks designated for patients and visitors, there is a turnover of spaces to ensure that parking is available throughout the day.
To ensure that no vehicles unduly exceed the time limit, onsite contractors will monitor vehicles in these patient and visitor car parks. Any cars parked for longer than four hours will be issued with an unauthorised parking notice.
Staff zones will include a first-come-first served area which has a proportionately higher number of spaces than at other sites and areas for permit holders.
It should also be pointed out that the four hour restriction will only apply at peak times between 7.30 am and 4.30 pm Monday to Friday meaning night shift staff should have no difficulty parking.
The policy, when introduced, will deliver real benefits to all hospital users.
For further information either telephone 0141 201 4429 or email [email protected].