More car parking spaces are now available for patients, visitors and staff following the completion of a new car park at St. Mary’s Hospital.
The new car park is for staff parking and is located adjacent to the north east car park at the top of the hospital site. This has enabled 94 parking spaces, which were originally designated staff parking, to be re-designated and made available for patients and visitors to use.
The 94 spaces are nearer to the main hospital building and neighbouring clinics. There are now an additional 74 patient/visitor spaces available in the north west car park adjacent to the Maternity Unit and a further 20 spaces in the car park near to the Laidlaw Rehabilitation Service which is situated to the south of the hospital site.
Karen Baker, Isle of Wight NHS Trust Chief Executive, said: “People coming to hospital for treatment or to visit friends and family should not have to be concerned with where to park and the distress it can sometimes cause. Hopefully the additional parking spaces will relieve some of the pressure, for staff and for patients and relatives. Particularly the re-designation of spaces closer to the hospital building will make things easier.
However, there is no quick fix and we are continuing to look at ways of reducing the amount of traffic on the hospital site and how we can support staff to use alternative methods of transport to and from work.”