A PLACE to park his car was the last thing on John Frescura's mind as he rushed to hospital after his daughter had a life-threatening stroke.
But after spending about three hours by his daughter's bedside while doctors fought to save her life, Mr Frescura left for home and found a cruel surprise under his wiper.
A $113 parking fine was issued to Mr Frescura for parking illegally on the grass outside the Hervey Bay Hospital on Nissen St.
Last week, his 48-year-old daughter Robyn was rushed to the hospital in a critical condition after having seizures and going into shock.
He was in such a rush to be with his daughter, Mr Frescura said, he didn't have time to park correctly.
"We raced in with her - her organ was shutting down," he said.
The family was in panic and Mr Frescura said he couldn't find a park anywhere, so he used a grassy nature strip.
"I did drive around once - but I had to go and see her," he said.
"In situations like that - I think it's a bit rich.
"To come out when your daughter is critical like that and find out they've fined you for going to see her."
A Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service spokesman said there were plans for future parking on the hospital's site.
"The HHS is looking at programming new works on the hospital site once the roadworks around the hospital have been completed," he said.
"This plan will include an additional area for public parking.
"The HHS has seen an increase in demand due to the increased activity and additional outpatients clinics being undertaken."
Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said the council would open a new off-street paid parking facility to coincide with the opening of St Stephen's Hospital, expected on October 13.
"If people have extenuating circumstances they can present those," he said.
"It is about public safety."
Cr O'Connell dismissed the claim parking officers were targeting hospital visitors.
"They're not targeting them, clearly there is regulations around parking," he said.
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