Briggs Calls for Action to address the Problems with Parking at St John's Hospital in Livingston
Miles Briggs, Scottish Conservative & Unionist MSP for Lothian will raise the ongoing issue of parking at St. John’s Hospital in Livingston at the next meeting of NHS Lothian Health Board.
Parking has become an increasing problem for both patients, visitors and staff and is causing growing difficulties for patients getting to their appointments on time and also causing additional stress to those visiting the West Lothian hospital.
Local transport to and from the hospital can take a long time and many routes do not provide realistic options for patients, staff and visitors travelling to hospital appointments, their work, or relatives and friends travelling from communities in West Lothian, South West Edinburgh, and beyond.
Lothian MSP, Miles Briggs has called on NHS Lothian to seek an imaginative solution to the problem, from expanding opportunities for additional parking close to the hospital to seeking funding to build a multi-story car park, or to build another car park close by and run a shuttle bus service.
At other hospital sites in Scotland such as Aberdeen Royal Infirmary in Aberdeen, local businesses have stepped in to help deliver a solution to ongoing parking issues facing local residents. The new car park at the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary was funded by Sir Ian and Lady Helen Wood’s charity, the Wood Foundation.
Miles Briggs MSP comments:
“The parking difficulties at St John’s hospital continue to increase and clearly need a renewed focus to find a long term, sustainable solution.
“I have asked NHS Lothian to put the issue of parking at St John’s on the next Board Agenda and would like to see a working group established to consider how we can deliver a solution to the problem.
“The NHS in Scotland is already in a challenging situation and there shouldn’t be additional problems for staff, patients and visitors, such as not being able to get a parking space.
Miles Briggs MSP added:
“Given the financial pressures facing our NHS it may also be possible that NHS Lothian can seek a solution from local businesses or a philanthropic individual, like has been the case with Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and see if they are willing to help fund a new car park without diverting funds from vital healthcare services.”