Steps taken to cure abuse of patient parking


Wilmslow Health Centre has introduced a new parking policy designed to protect patient parking and discourage drivers from abusing the parking spaces.

Like many NHS institutions across the country, Wilmslow Health Centre has taken the decision to implement ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) technology to ensure patients can access parking spots easily when ill and deterring any further misuse of parking spaces.

Dr Amar Ahmed said "Wilmslow Health Centre has the largest patient car park in the whole of East Cheshire. Over the years, the pressure on this car park has increased due to Cheshire East Council selling off the adjacent car par for development into retirement flats. Additional apartments are now being built on adjacent sites with even more pressure placed on patient parking spaces.

"Wilmslow Health Centre has always strived to provide convenient parking spaces for genuine patients but unfortunately, parking has been abused in many ways for a number of years."

Improper use of parking has included drivers parking their cars in patient spaces for the whole day; people attending the pharmacy or other local medical or dental clinics and utilising the car park for long term parking; drivers parking and going off to shop in Wilmslow for hours on end and employees of other local businesses parking in patient spaces while attending work.

Some drivers have also refused to move their cars from doctors spaces, resulting in delays for genuine patients, whilst others have parked illegally, blocking easy access by emergency ambulances.

Dr Amar Ahmed added "In the past, Wilmslow Health Centre has tried to enforce parking restrictions with use of pay-and-display parking meters but this has failed to address the abuse of free patient parking places. With an increasing impact on patient access to medical services, Wilmslow Health Centre has been consulting its Patient Participation Group which has concluded that stronger enforcement is now needed in order to protect genuine patients and their easy access to the health centre."

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Manuel Golding
Wednesday 14th March 2018 at 5:22 pm
Hopefully APNR is the answer to the WHC car park. It has been a long term car parkers paradise, hopefully Dr Ahmed and his team will have solved the problem.
It has clearly worked very well at Waitrose car park, some days one just couldn't find a free space but not know there is a 90 minutes time allowed.
Of course prominent warning notices must be clearly displayed at the entrance.
Stuart Redgard
Wednesday 14th March 2018 at 9:27 pm
I wholeheartedly support the Health Centre in introducing ANPR. Hopefully it will improve the parking provision for actual users of the Health Centre for whom the parking is provided.

In addition to just ANPR, they could also add a vehicle registration logger in the Health centre foyer. This would be for user to log their registration and reason for visit to the health centre.

As it is a private car park for use of visitors to the health centre, I trust that they have also appointed a regulated contractor to monitor and issue tickets accordingly.
Laurie Atterbury
Thursday 15th March 2018 at 12:04 pm
Yes a great idea, often seen people parked there just to make phone calls and use their laptops.
Marcia McGrail
Friday 16th March 2018 at 10:38 am
The council must surely see the effect of forcing us to live so cheek by jowl or are they wantonly blind to all long-term consequences of their actions?
Estelle Lewis
Friday 16th March 2018 at 9:54 pm
WHS does NOT have the largest car park - it might have done until the land was sold off for the retirement apatments but now, if you don't count the spaces reserved for doctors & the spaces taken up by staff, it has very few spaces.

I belonged to this practise since 1984 but switched to Handforth HS earlier this year simply because I could never find a parking space. Years ago I used to walk (from Summerfields area) but decided that long term it would be best to make the switch.

One of the doctors did say that they were toying with the idea of a high rise car park (?) I shall miss Dr Brennan, a lovely doctor and a gentleman