hospital parking ggrrrrr!  

Friday, 23 October 2009

I have a huge complaint (just for a change!)

There not only needs to be far more parking at hospitals, but there needs to be more disabled spaces, and we should not have to pay extortionate amounts of money for using them.

Deion had to go and have his hips and knees x-rayed as he is getting some pain, not that uncommon for wheelchair users, but we need to check it out.

So we merrily went off to the hospital. It took us over half an hour to park, and no! not because I can't drive/park e.t.c but because there was just no room. This was at ten to nine this morning, so you'd think it would still be fairly quiet...nope!

There should be more larger spaces to accommodate wider vehicles so we have enough space so that we can open the door more than an inch and a half. And there certainly not be ridiculously low height restrictions so that anything higher than a go kart can't get under (of course the docs sports cars can all fit under rather nicely)...disabled vehicles are big you guys...think it through.

So off we go to our appointment, which really should have been quick, but we waited the obligatory hour and a half to go in. Although how they could possibly be running an hour and a half late at nine twenty, when the x-ray department only opens at nine is beyond me... obviously we have a bit of lifting on and off the bed to do for Deion, no such thing as a hoist in a hospital x-ray room, that would make waaay too much sense!

So two hours and two minutes later I went back to the car, put my ticket in the machine and oh, guess what, its three pounds an hour to park, but I had to pay nine pounds because I went two minutes over the hour....fair...

Of course, my inability to keep my mouth shut about such matters meant I was duty bound to make a complaint to the parking control officer. He agreed with me totally (which I hated because I could hardly shout at the man for being nice and agreeing with me now could I???) and he gave me a form to fill in and send off to make a complaint. Which, yes, I will do, even though I know it will do absolutely nothing. And I know this because I have already filled in about seven of these forms before.

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6 comments: to “ hospital parking ggrrrrr!

  • ~Tom~
    23 October 2009 at 19:59  

    You need a hospital more like one of the ones we have where I live. You pull up to the front door and hand the parking valet your keys. He parks the car for you. When you come out, he goes and gets the car and brings it back to you. And to top it off, this is a free service.

  • Linda
    23 October 2009 at 22:27  

    Tom, do you live in the USA? We do, and we never have a problem with hospital parking either. Why, oh why, are Americans ready to sell our healthcare down the tubes with 'Obamacare'?

    Sally, write the letter. Maybe someone who has the clout will be able to do something about it.

  • Gloria
    24 October 2009 at 04:58  

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  • Maureen@IslandRoar
    24 October 2009 at 05:29  

    I can't believe you routinely have to wait so long for your appt. It seems so inconsiderate of both of your time. And so unfair. Why must EVERYthing be so hard????

  • Gloria
    24 October 2009 at 07:26  

    Sal, love that illustration . . would, bet Deion loved it even more! Good post Sally, bet that parking issue pisses off a lot of people. The last time I went to the hospital I had to wait four hours to be seen and there was pandemonium, heckling and almost a fight because people were that pissed at having to wait that long. Great post Sal although I'm not holding my breath waiting for the official response, if you get one.

    . . . . We LOVE Obama . . YAY!!!!!!!

  • Sally's World
    24 October 2009 at 15:03  

    Tom...right, thats it, i'm moving to where you live...we have on average three appointments a week, and have done for the last 18 years almost (at times much much more) if you add it all up...well!!!! x

    Linda, yep, i worte the letter and its less than ...complimentary...shall we say x

    Maureen, ah an hour and a half is good, sometimes we have to wait two, three hours x

    Hi Gloria, yeah, okay, but busy, i need a holiday...actually a night off will do it! four hours...typical, and they wonder why people get frustrated. by every hospital desk now there are signs saying that staff have the right to work and not be abused... what about our rights to not sit there all day waiting for someone to pull their thumb out from up their butts and get moving!!! xxx

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