There’s no easy fix to the Rocky Hospital parking problems
CONCERNS about car parking at Rockhampton Hospital are, unfortunately, very pertinent.
I apologise to anyone who has difficulty finding a space. Regrettably the problem cannot be fixed easily or quickly.
Even so, finding a solution to parking problems remains a high priority for Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service (CQHHS).
Readers should know that many options have been investigated in substantial detail over many years but a practical and affordable solution has not been found.
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A multi-storey car park sounds like the perfect answer but is simply too expensive. Compared with a new helipad and an expanded Critical Care Unit, which will save many, many lives, car parking had to take a back seat as a spending priority.
The proposed tariffs identified in a preliminary assessment of a multi-level Rockhampton Hospital car park were considered to be more than staff or visitors would pay.
Efforts to entice the private sector to build a car park have not been successful because the feasibility analysis shows the volume of use would make it unprofitable.
The current redevelopment with all the construction activity and additional workers on site is not helping an already difficult situation. Things will ease somewhat when work finishes mid-year but obviously we will still have problems.
I just want to assure staff and the community that we fully realise our responsibility to do everything in our power to provide easy access to the hospital.
This is why we provide free parking at Bolsover Street in the city heart and a free shuttle bus service to the front door of Rockhampton Hospital.
There are parking spaces near the front of the hospital for those with disability permits. We also encourage family and friends to drop patients or visitors off at the drop-off zone at the front of the hospital.
I would just like to reassure the community that we will do everything we can to remedy this situation. We will continue to work with our stakeholders to explore options.
And I welcome any suggestions from anyone who has a good idea. Please drop me a line to PO Box 871, Rockhampton.
Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service