Abingdon car park barriers ‘delay 999 cases’

The Oxford Times: The tyre barriers in the car park at the Marcham Road Health Centre which have been criticised by staff at Abingdon Community Hospital next door The tyre barriers in the car park at the Marcham Road Health Centre which have been criticised by staff at Abingdon Community Hospital next door

AMBULANCES have been delayed getting into a hospital since the health centre next door put up tyre barriers to its half of the car park.

Staff at Abingdon Community Hospital say the Marcham Road Health Centre’s barrier is confusing for patients and staff and vehicles have been damaged as a result.

Now the hospital trust is promising to consult staff on its parking management plans.

A hospital nurse, who did not want to be named, said: “It is causing confusion for patients driving into the hospital site, who see the barrier and try to reverse back out and park in hospital spaces.

“This has also resulted in staff, in particular community nurses, having their vehicles damaged.”

The nurse said that on April 8 two police officers, who happened to be at the site, ended up helping traffic in and out of the hospital.

She added: “I witnessed a blue-lighted ambulance trying to get into the car park, possibly delaying treatment for a patient.”

The Oxford Times:

  • Cllr Mike Badcock backs the health centre

Marcham Road Health Centre put up the £8,000 barrier in February to stop hospital patients and people not using either facility parking in its 40 spaces.

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Anyone now using the health centre’s car park illegitimately will be fined £25.

The hospital has 114 parking spaces. The health centre declined to comment.

Oxford Health spokesman Alistair Duncan said: “The trust is aware of the pressures faced by car parking at Abingdon hospital and has made it a priority to find a solution as soon as possible.

“We have put the needs of patients and essential staff at the core of the plans. We will consult staff and hope to implement plans after that.”

Thames Valley Police said it was not officially called to the hospital to help manage the traffic.

Vale of White Horse district councillor for Abingdon, Mike Badcock, said: “What the health centre has done is absolutely right and is working admirably.

“The problem is at the hospital. The NHS needs to increase parking.”

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2:09pm Thu 17 Apr 14

CtrlAltTab says...

"Mike Badcock, said: “What the health centre has done is absolutely right and is working admirably."

In your mind yes, but its only a Hospital, so I can see why the Doctors Surgery would get priority.
Mindless idiotic Councillor with BUPA cover!
"Mike Badcock, said: “What the health centre has done is absolutely right and is working admirably." In your mind yes, but its only a Hospital, so I can see why the Doctors Surgery would get priority. Mindless idiotic Councillor with BUPA cover! CtrlAltTab
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6:13pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Feelingsmatter says...

"Vale of White Horse district councillor for Abingdon, Mike Badcock, said: “What the health centre has done is absolutely right and is working admirably." Odious windbag. Try telling that to the many, many members of staff who cannot park, the elderly visitors who have to park in Homebase and walk down and the nurses who have had their cars damaged. There was even a jobsworth standing at the barrier checking the cars in the other day! Meanwhile, in lala land, Oxford Health has decided to put wooden bollards along all the curbs stopping people from parking on the grass. Unbelievable.
"Vale of White Horse district councillor for Abingdon, Mike Badcock, said: “What the health centre has done is absolutely right and is working admirably." Odious windbag. Try telling that to the many, many members of staff who cannot park, the elderly visitors who have to park in Homebase and walk down and the nurses who have had their cars damaged. There was even a jobsworth standing at the barrier checking the cars in the other day! Meanwhile, in lala land, Oxford Health has decided to put wooden bollards along all the curbs stopping people from parking on the grass. Unbelievable. Feelingsmatter
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7:00pm Thu 17 Apr 14

sartigger says...

Mike Badcock states that what the health centre had done "What the health centre has done is absolutely right & working admirably" Right maybe but working admirably? Why is the health centre car park now empty & the patients parking in hospital spaces - because they don't understand that they can park in there without bring penalised resulting in damaged cars as they reverse backwards & extra pressure on hospital parking
Mike Badcock states that what the health centre had done "What the health centre has done is absolutely right & working admirably" Right maybe but working admirably? Why is the health centre car park now empty & the patients parking in hospital spaces - because they don't understand that they can park in there without bring penalised resulting in damaged cars as they reverse backwards & extra pressure on hospital parking sartigger
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10:38pm Thu 17 Apr 14

abfab123 says...

Are any of you actually patients of this surgery? I am not sure what the answer to this problem is but I do know that it was incredibly difficult to find a parking space when visiting the surgery. If it isn't acceptable for (elderly ) patients to have to park elsewhere when going to the hospital, why is it ok for them to have to park else where when visiting their Dr? For a start they could increase parking spaces by getting rid of the excessive verges.
Are any of you actually patients of this surgery? I am not sure what the answer to this problem is but I do know that it was incredibly difficult to find a parking space when visiting the surgery. If it isn't acceptable for (elderly ) patients to have to park elsewhere when going to the hospital, why is it ok for them to have to park else where when visiting their Dr? For a start they could increase parking spaces by getting rid of the excessive verges. abfab123
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8:46am Fri 18 Apr 14

sartigger says...

abfab123 wrote:
Are any of you actually patients of this surgery? I am not sure what the answer to this problem is but I do know that it was incredibly difficult to find a parking space when visiting the surgery. If it isn't acceptable for (elderly ) patients to have to park elsewhere when going to the hospital, why is it ok for them to have to park else where when visiting their Dr? For a start they could increase parking spaces by getting rid of the excessive verges.
The point is that the elderly patients visiting their doctor can park following introduction of the barrier but it is evident from the surgery car park being empty for most parts of the day that patients are not using it likely over confusion as to whether they can park in there without being penalised
[quote][p][bold]abfab123[/bold] wrote: Are any of you actually patients of this surgery? I am not sure what the answer to this problem is but I do know that it was incredibly difficult to find a parking space when visiting the surgery. If it isn't acceptable for (elderly ) patients to have to park elsewhere when going to the hospital, why is it ok for them to have to park else where when visiting their Dr? For a start they could increase parking spaces by getting rid of the excessive verges.[/p][/quote]The point is that the elderly patients visiting their doctor can park following introduction of the barrier but it is evident from the surgery car park being empty for most parts of the day that patients are not using it likely over confusion as to whether they can park in there without being penalised sartigger
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4:58pm Fri 18 Apr 14

abfab123 says...

Surely it is going to be less busy, otherwise, what would be the point? Not sure I buy the story that people are confused....
Surely it is going to be less busy, otherwise, what would be the point? Not sure I buy the story that people are confused.... abfab123
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