Improper car park layout at Srirangam Government Hospital hurts patients – Reuters
Express press service
TIRUCHY: The poor parking lot layout at the Srirangam Government Hospital in the district has proven to be an additional source of worry for its patients and attendants as they fear for the safety of their vehicles, which they often have to to park at least 100 meters from the health center. They urge the administration to allow parking again in front of the hospital, sealed off two years ago.
The hospital sees an average daily attendance of 1,000 outpatients and 70 inpatients and currently has on-site parking that could only accommodate around 20 two-wheelers at a time, including staff. The space in front of the hospital, at the edge of the road, which was used by visitors to park their two-wheelers, was cordoned off by management about two years ago following complaints from non-visitors also using the space for park their vehicles. Four-wheeled vehicles, meanwhile, are only allowed to pick up and drop off patients due to space constraints.
This left the majority of hospital visitors with little choice but to park their vehicle at least 100 yards away. Patients said they took up the matter with hospital management, but to no avail.
A Sivaprakasam, who visited the hospital on Friday, said: “Until two years ago, we could park our vehicle anywhere. When I visited the hospital last week, there was no parking inside or outside the campus. I had no choice but to park my two-wheeler far away, without any security, and walk to the hospital, he added.
“Vehicles are more likely to be stolen because they are parked elsewhere. The huge space on either side of the hospital entrance is useless. Therefore, it is appropriate to allow vehicles to park there and check whether only hospital visitors use it,” he added.
A 49-year-old man, requesting anonymity, said: “More than 2,000 people come to the hospital every day for medical treatment. However, everyone is struggling to park vehicles in the hospital.
When contacted, the Joint Director of Health Services (JDHS), Dr S Lakshmi, told TNIE that the space previously available in front of the hospital for parking had been cordoned off due to misuse. by the public. “We allow patients to park their two-wheelers on campus. However, there is no place for all vehicles. Some park their vehicles near the Srirangam zonal office.”