I previously called for the nationwide rolling out of hospital car-park guidelines, to provide for a consistent service across the country. There is a need better facilitate patient groups that have to regularly spend long durations in hospitals, costing them and their families hundreds in car parking fees.
Having listened to patient/family stories and having gained a greater understanding of the Irish Cancer Society’s hospital car park campaign, I am proposing that two further aspects be included, should nationwide hospital car parking guidelines be considered for implementation.
Firstly, I am proposing that a designated member of staff be appointed to be responsible for dealing with car parking concession queries.
In a number of hospitals, the nurse manager is the point of contact for granting concession prices to long-term illness patients and their families. I think it is clear to all of us that any nurse, despite the being the manger, would have little time to deal with car parking queries.
The appointment of a designated hospital employee, to grant concession or free parking to certain patient groups and their families, would be extremely beneficial in providing a consistent and practical service.
Secondly, I am proposing that the advertisements of these concession prices must be well displayed to create awareness. Even at the moment, in hospitals that do offer concession prices or free parking for certain patient groups, visitors and patients may not be aware of the concessions they are entitled to.
Therefore I would like to re-new my call to the Minister to roll out hospital car parking guidelines nationwide, to cater to long term illness patients and their families, in addition to adding these two new proposals should guidelines come under consideration.