Is anyone else concerned about this issue? The Canberra Hospital is about to close the small outdoor carpark between the new multistory parking and the main building, to commence work on some new buildings.
Losing the small outdoor carpark itself is of little significance (it only has approx 8 spots) but it is very important access area, as it’s the closest way to get into the main buildings from the multistory parking. It is already a very long walk from the multistory parking to this point for eldery and unwell, and an even longer walk to get to whatever department is needed within the main building. There is no assistance provided for the journey, and I have witnessed many a faithful old lady trying to lump a sick husband on the long walk (and daughters, sons, lovely neighbours etc of course).
Until the new buildings are complete, people will need to access the hospital from the main entrance, near the Emergency Department. This means that sick people will definitely need a family member or ‘helper’ to get to and from appointments from the multistory parking (even if using the set down/pick up areas). A huge burden on time for helpers and a blow to the independence many hold dear, and under normal conditions can exercise.
I’m all for progress and hopefully these new buildings will be a big improvenement for the hospital, but I am concerned that they have not considered their patients and patients’ families who will be affected greatly until completed. At the very least, wheel chairs, park benches along the route for resting and assistance should be readily available or they might find the little old ladies are now patients themselves as they fall victim to the long walk up the hill.
Does anyone know the best way to alert ACT Health to these concerns and/or spur them onto action?
Map available here: http://health.act.gov.au/consumer-information/maps/canberra-hospital-map the area closing is the loop street between Building ’15’ and ‘R’. People must walk up Bateson Road to access Building ‘2 – Main Reception/Foyer’