Plan to improve hospital parking

The plans from car parking at Ayr Hospital
The plans from car parking at Ayr Hospital

NHS Ayrshire & Arran knows the demand for car parking spaces exceeds the available number of spaces on our two busiest sites, University Hospital Ayr and University Hospital Crosshouse.

In response to this, The NHS has developed a number of proposals to help improve the situation for patients, visitors and staff.

As part of the proposals, the NHS commissioned JMP Consultants to carry out car parking surveys and a travel plan to assess the situation and calculate the recommended number of car parking spaces on each site.

The survey found that at University Hospital Crosshouse the car park reaches and exceeds capacity (104 per cent) at visiting time (3pm), which leads to inappropriate and sometimes dangerous parking.

At University Hospital Ayr the car park reaches and exceeds capacity (109 per cent) by 10am remaining so until 4pm, which leads to inappropriate and sometimes dangerous parking.

The Building for Better Care programme (BfBC) is working to improve the ‘front door’ services at University Hospital Ayr and University Hospital Crosshouse. Due to the building works, the hospitals have lost 166 car parking spaces across both sites. These spaces will be replaced and relocated to other areas of the hospitals.

The overall proposal to help with the parking issues is to have designated long and short term car parks for patients, staff and visitors.

The NHS is creating 225 extra spaces (including 72 temporary spaces) at University Hospital Ayr. The additional car parking spaces will be created as an extension to the rear of the main car park, beside the helipad. This work will be completed by mid-November 2014.

The short stay car park will be located in the main car park to the front of the hospital. The long stay areas will be the current smaller ‘staff’ car park to the front of the hospital and the parking to the rear of the hospital beside the Day Surgery Unit and nursery.

The short stay car parks have a time limit of three hours and the long stay car parks have no time limit for parking.

The NHS say the most effective form of monitoring and enforcement of the short term car parks is through the use of parking wardens and CCTV cameras. They say they may also consider introducing Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras, if required, to identify car park users who exceed the three hour time limit.

A statement from the NHS said: “Parking inappropriately on grass areas, verges, footpaths, hatched areas, ambulance bays, across more than one designated space or on fire access roads may result in follow-up action. The enforcement of the local car parking regulations is essential if we are to eradicate dangerous and inconsiderate parking on our hospital sites. This, in turn, will make our grounds safer for pedestrians and improve the circulation of vehicles.”

The proposals for the new car parks will be presented to the Ayrshire and Arran NHS Board in early 2105. If the proposals are approved then the work will begin in February/March 2015.

The NHS want to know what you think of the proposals, if you think they will help to address the car parking issues, or if you have any other ideas Email: comms@aaaht.scot.nhs.uk or write to: Car parking proposals, Capital Planning, Brunston House, Ailsa Hospital, Dalmellington Road, Ayr, KA6 6AB.