Visitors to the Hervey Bay Hospital are often forced to find a park near the footpath outside the hospital grounds.
Visitors to the Hervey Bay Hospital are often forced to find a park near the footpath outside the hospital grounds. KARLEILA THOMSEN

Parking to ease at hospital

BREATHING space outside Hervey Bay Hospital is about to become a reality after Queensland Health revealed plans are in place to extend the staff car park.

“Work is due to start on an extension of the staff car park at the rear of the Hervey Bay Hospital which will create more parking bays for Fraser Coast Health Service employees,” Wide Bay Health Service District boss Beth Norton said yesterday.

The news will come as major relief to Fraser Coast residents such as Pat Amos who contacted the Chronicle earlier this month when she counted up to 30 cars parked outside the hospital entrance.

“The parking is not covering the hospital’s needs,” she said.

Fearing for the future of Maryborough Hospital, Ms Amos wondered whether Hervey Bay Hospital grounds could handle the extra influx if the Maryborough Hospital closed.

“It’s disgraceful people have to leave their cars there. There’s a safety element. It’s a long walk from the gate.”

While a start date for the work was not confirmed, Ms Norton was confident space in the main car park at the front of the hospital would be freed up.

“It will ensure easier parking access for members of the public. The Fraser Coast Health Service intends to police the new parking rules to ensure staff are compliant.”



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