Lack of parking angers patients
FRUSTRATION is mounting as patients and visitors struggle to find a park outside the Bundaberg Hospital as more people vie for the same spaces.
Lifeline counsellor Alex Johnson, who was at the hospital on Friday with his daughter, said the battle for a park was becoming increasingly difficult.
“It's horrendous,” he said.
“Especially when you have to drop your sick daughter off at the door, so she doesn't have to walk, and then circle around to find a space.”
Through his work Mr Johnson is a regular visitor to the hospital.
“I always struggle to find a park here. I have to drive around most times for at least 10 minutes,” he said.
Mr Johnson said on some occasions he had given up, returned to Lifeline and made a 15 minute walk to the hospital.
“I think they need to build another car park or at least do something to make it a bit easier,” he said.
But help may be on the way with a 100-space staff car park planned for the area.
“Negotiations with the relevant stakeholders are continuing and we are hopeful of a positive outcome in the near future,” Sunshine Coast Wide-Bay Health Service District northern cluster manager Beth Norton said.
Ms Norton said the hospital also provided an internal car park for staff who worked evenings and nights.
In August last year, Ms Norton admitted parking at the hospital was under pressure due to rapid growth over the past four years and the closure of some parks because of the redevelopment of the hospital.
But since that time little has been done except to wait for the completion of the $49.6 million redevelopment.
The redevelopment is expected to be finished at the end of the year.
Bundaberg Regional Council chief executive officer Peter Byrne said they were working with the hospital on parking issues.
“Over the years the previous council has put in a lot of money and work to put in parking in the area,” he said.
Mr Byrne said the council had improved the sealed parking up to the corner of Bourbong and Burkitt streets for the hospital.
“We've had ongoing discussion with Queensland Health about parking and we understand they are extending their internal parking,” he said.
Mr Byrne said a majority of the council parking outside the hospital was timed.
“There hasn't been any request to shorten the length of time at the hospital parks and we would consider it if the hospital asked,” he said.