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Basingstoke hospital bosses apologise for traffic problems
HOSPITAL bosses in Basingstoke have apologised for traffic problems that have caused people to be late for appointments.
In the past two weeks, readers have told The Gazette about being stuck in traffic that has snaked back from the hospital site, in Aldermaston Road, to Priestley Road, and even back to the A340 towards the Aldermaston Road roundabout.
Joanna Macmillan, from Hurstbourne Priors, near Whitchurch, was 30 minutes late for an appointment last Wednesday at the hospital’s Charlie’s Day Unit, for her two-year-old daughter Matilda.
The 30-year-old said: “As I got into the left-hand lane to turn off the A340, cars were queuing to get through the traffic lights and nobody could get on to Priestley Road. I could see cars were then queuing from up there to the hospital entrance.”
She added that when she got to the hospital car park, cars were being allowed in on a “one in, one out” basis.
Mrs Macmillian added: “The whole site was rammed with parked cars on the pavements and on grassy areas.
“My main concern is for the safety of other people. If someone was trying to get their child to the accident and emergency department, people could be in the situation where they might not be able to get there in time.”
In a statement, Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: “We are sorry that our patients are currently experiencing difficulties with traffic on our Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital site.
“We know this must be frustrating for patients and their visitors and can cause additional anxiety, especially about being late for appointments.”
The trust said that increasing numbers of patients and new building projects, including the construction of the interim radiotherapy unit, are increasing pressure on parking around the hospital.
Hospital bosses are discussing park-and-ride options with Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and are encouraging staff to car-share.
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