Frustration with Campbelltown Hospital parking continues to grow

Packed house: A sea of cars greets patients and visitors when they attempt to go to Campbelltown Hospital. Picture: Chris Lane
Packed house: A sea of cars greets patients and visitors when they attempt to go to Campbelltown Hospital. Picture: Chris Lane

Frustration is continuing to grow as Campbelltown Hospital patients and staff struggle to find parking as a new multi-level car park is constructed.

Several frustrated staff, patients and visitors have contacted the Advertiser to share their dismay at the state of parking at the hospital in the past few months.

A new car park that features 800 spaces is currently being built at the site as part of the hospital's $632 million redevelopment.

But the construction has impacted the already limited parking availability at the site, while a temporary car park has been set up in a neighbouring suburb for staff.

Rosemeadow resident John Laine recently cancelled one of his diabetes appointments at the hospital after driving around the car parks three times.

"I just called them up and had to cancel because I couldn't find anywhere to park," he said.

"As a diabetic I have regular appointments with my endocrinologist and dietitian at the hospital, but it's hard to see them when there's nowhere to park, especially when I've got my walking stick."

Mr Laine said he was advised to park at one of Campbelltown's shopping centres, like Macarthur Square or Campbelltown Mall, and walk back to the hospital.

He said that was an unrealistic expectation, as people attending the hospital were typically in poor health.

"I think there should be a car park set aside for outpatients," Mr Laine said.

"Can you imagine a mum trying to walk two sick kids to the hospital from Campbelltown Mall? That's worst-nightmare stuff."

A Health Infrastructure spokeswoman said hospital management "appreciated the patience and understanding" of the community throughout the construction process.

"Patients have been advised to allow additional time to park and to consider being dropped off and picked up where that is appropriate for the patient's medical condition," she said.

"The number of car parking spaces available to the public has been maintained by establishing temporary off-site parking for staff serviced by a shuttle bus.

"Several hundred staff use the service on weekdays. Staff safety measures include additional lighting in several car parks on campus and staff are able to request a security officer to walk them to their car.

"A car park located close to the rear hospital entrance has opened for staff who finish work in the evening."

The Health Infrastructure spokeswoman refused to answer questions about the number of complaints they had received.

The car park is expected to be complete in early 2020.

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