Paid parking on cards for Tweed Hospital
A BOOMING population and limited parking has forced Tweed Hospital to consider building a paid multi-level car park.
Tweed State MP Geoff Provest said there was a strong chance paid parking would be implemented at the hospital as the first part of Northern NSW Local Health District's wide-reaching Master Plan and Clinical Services Plan.
"Last year we finished the critical services plan - that's when all the clinicians and doctors get together and work out the healthcare needs for this area for the next five, 10 and 20 years," he said.
"We're also about to release the new master plan for the Tweed Hospital, and I haven't seen the final copy of it but what I have been told is there is going to be multi-level car parking provided."
Mr Provest agreed paid parking might annoy some visitors and patients to the hospital, but said it was a necessary measure.
"It is a major issue. It was a major issue for the hospital 10 years ago, 15 years ago and so on. It's become busier and busier," he said.
"People in Lismore are now accessing the services here, and from the north, people in Southport are now accessing the services more and more here."
Mr Provest said the cost of parking would likely be minimal and provisions would probably be made for frequent patients, such as those undergoing dialysis or other long-term treatment.
The multi-level car park would be built on the north-east side of the hospital to replace a current open-air car park.
The health district's chief executive Chris Crawford confirmed Mr Provest's announcement.
"Yes, a multi-level car park is being considered as part of a first stage of the redevelopment," he said.
But he said hospital staff would need to be consulted before any such proposal was put forward for consideration.