Trust warning over Mid-Ulster Hospital parking

Disabled parking spaces at the front of Mid-Ulster Hospital.
Disabled parking spaces at the front of Mid-Ulster Hospital.

THE Northern Health Trust has said it expects staff not to park in spaces designated for patients and visitors with disabilities at the Mid-Ulster Hospital, Magherafelt.

This follows a claim by a man to the MAIL that he was unable to find a disabled parking bay at the front of the hospital to take his wife to a clinic.

“All the disabled spaces were taken at the front of the hospital and I drove round several times, hoping one would become available,” he said.

The man, who asked not to be identified, said it had been raining and he did not want to use one of the car parks as they are too far from the main building.

“There are plenty of spaces for disabled badge holders along the front of the hospital but when I got out and checked there were none displayed on the vehicles,” he said.

The man said they were “greatly inconvenienced” and ended up having to use one of the car parks.

He claimed he later found out that all the parking bays at the front of the hospital were taken by hospital staff “first thing in the morning.”

“That made me angry because it’s not fair if you are disabled, or have a relative who is disabled, and need to get close to the main entrance,” he added.

Full story in this week’s South Derry Mid-Ulster Mail