DETAILS of a meeting to discuss a concessionary scheme for disabled parking at Queen’s Hospital have been revealed.
Bosses at the Belvedere Road site are urging blue badge holders to get in touch to make sure their views and opinions are heard ahead of the discussion next week.
Plans for the scheme came about following a campaign that was organised to try and scrap the charges that were controversially put into place in April.
Geoff Neild, head of facilities at the hospital, said: “The first priority is to discuss what the concessionary rate for blue badge holders should be, and how such a scheme should operate.
“Beyond that we want to keep the advisory group together so we can look at ways of improving access at all parts of all three of our hospitals – which have very different issues for those with limited mobility.”
The Limited Mobility Advisory Group is meeting for the first time at 10am on Tuesday at the Belvedere Road site.
It will not be open to the public, but blue badge holders and carers who want to join the group should call Geoff Neild on 01283 511511 ext 560 or email email@example.com, or Paul Campbell on 01283 511511 ext 5359 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Patients who have to attend the hospital for essential appointments or treatment at least six times a month for three months or more are already entitled to free car parking, as are all chemotherapy and renal patients.
This applies to everyone, including those registered as disabled.
However, hospital patients with limited mobility, and those who care for them, who would be interested in being part of the consultation group are being asked to get in touch.
Bosses would like to hear from blue badge holders who attend Queen’s Hospital Burton site and its adjoining Treatment Centre and Outwoods site.
Adrian Wedgwood, of Barton under Needwood, will be attending the meeting to offer his views as he was the spearhead behind the campaign for change.