AN EXPECTANT mother who spent half an hour trying to find a hospital parking space is backing a campaign.
Sandra Bassett, of Rhuddlan, had to go to Glan Clwyd Hospital when an appointment with her midwife showed no heartbeat for her baby.
She then spent 30 minutes looking for a parking space when she got to the Bodelwyddan hospital.
Ms Bassett, mum to Oliver, three and Ruby, 23 months, later found out her baby had died after six months gestation. Now she is backing a campaign calling for an urgent review of parking at the hospital.
She said: “It is an important part of the care that the patients receive, ensuring there is ample parking to reduce stress and allow people time to get to appointments without having to leave an hour before you’re due. It also would allow visitors coming to see patients the time to sit with their loved ones rather then driving around in circles looking for a parking space.”
Darren Millar, AM for Clwyd West and Shadow Health Minister, is one of the politicians calling on the health board to carry out the “urgent review” alongside James Davies, MP for Vale of Clwyd and councillor Sam Rowlands, mayor of Abergele.
“A park and ride shuttle service introduced by the health board two years ago at the nearby former Hotpoint factory has done little to alleviate the problem. Poor signage is partly to blame,” Mr Millar said.
Mr Davies added: “The park and ride facility was a step in the right direction but signage is relatively poor and its promotion in general is limited. Parking at Glan Clwyd is justifiably one of the persistent ‘moans and groans’ from local people.
"I support an urgent review of the parking situation, including a look at how more parking can be provided either on the current site or as an extension to it.”
Cllr Rowlands has launched a launched a petition calling for action from the health board. “It’s time NHS bosses got it sorted,” he said.
A spokesperson for BCUHB said: “Although a large new car park was opened to the rear of the hospital a few years ago, demand for parking spaces has continued to grow. A transport review is currently underway for the site. This is looking at parking as well as measures to promote alternatives to private car use by people coming to the site.
"The ongoing redevelopment work at the Hospital also means that some spaces have had to be taken out of use to ensure clear and safe access routes for contractors to get to construction areas. Land that could be given over to create additional parking spaces is currently needed for contractor’s compounds and site offices.”