Cllr Quinn welcomes Reduced Parking Fee Arrangement at Our Lady of Lourdes, Drogheda

May 4, 2017 0

Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital has confirmed, that following Parliamentary Questions submitted by Louth Sinn Féin TD Imelda Munster, that it offers reduced parking fee arrangements where parents, relatives or service users are attending the hospital on a frequent basis and where the burden of car parking charges may cause or increase hardship. The rate offered is a flat fee of€4 per day, regardless of length of stay or number of visits on a given day.

Hospital Management advise that in such cases the ward manager or social worker dealing with the patient or their family will make them aware of the provision of such arrangements and arrange for the appropriate process to be put in place.

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Cllr Malachy Quinn

Cllr Quinn said “ I very much welcome the reduction, but It should not be expected that the already hard pushed hospital staff  be solely responsible for informing patients and their families of this new arrangement, nor does every patient have a social worker appointed to them.

“If they genuinely want people to avail of this facility, they need to be up-front and pro-active about it.

“My colleague Deputy Munster has contacted the hospital management requesting that they advertise the availability of the €4 flat fee strategically in Car Parks, at the Parking Pay Zones, at Reception as well as on lifts and notice boards throughout the hospital.

Cllr Quinn concluded “The public are clearly not aware of this and when they may have a great deal more to worry about, parking costs should be the least of their concerns.”