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Parking. Don’t you have more important things to think about?
With life and death decisions to make each and every day, why are you spending so much time worrying about parking?
The more you think about it, the more it makes sense; parking affects every single person in your hospital:
Your current staff need to be able to get to work. Some of them work shifts at times when buses and trains are not running. Some of them are low-paid and can not afford rising public transport costs. Others are on-call and need to know that a parking space is there when they are called upon to save a life. None of your staff want to waste time searching for parking spaces that are not there.
Your future staff need to see that you are on top of parking too. Every hospital is experiencing difficulties in recruiting staff, particularly nurses and those on lower-pay scales. You need to make your hospital an attractive place to work. You want to be an employer of choice. First impressions count and, more often than not, that starts in the car park.
Many of your patients will be feeling anxious before they even leave the house. The last thing they want is to add to the stress by worrying about whether they will be able to park. They don’t want to arrive late for appointments because they wasted time driving around and around your car park looking for a space. And if their appointment runs late, they do not want to be hit with a ticket because their pay-and-display ticket ran out.
Your patients’ loved ones will already be under a great deal of strain, especially if your patient is suffering from long-term illness or facing end of life. Lack of parking information, hunting down a working pay machine and a shortage of spaces when they visit all add to the pressure.
Of course, it does not stop there. People parking on access roads and verges because they could not find a parking bay make access for emergency vehicles and deliveries difficult at best.
And all of that is before you consider the money lost when your payment machines or barrier systems break down, or the cost of staff time to deal with the administration and patrolling of your car parks.
What a headache. And not the kind you can solve with a couple of aspirin. Wouldn’t it be great if you could let somebody else worry about all of this?
Thankfully, you can. The Parking Consultancy is a small, independent consultancy whose staff have more than 50 years of combined experience solving just these sorts of problems. Specialising in work in the healthcare sector (their founder, Ian Goodwin and principal consultant David White, helped the Central Manchester and Manchester Children’s University Hospital Trust overcome the loss of 1,600 parking spaces during a huge site redevelopment. Their hands-on experience means that they are perfectly placed to offer practical advice on any issue.
Typically, they are called upon to help solve the loss of parking spaces to redevelopment, oversubscribed car parks, the need to increase revenue, evaluating outmoded and inefficient parking operations, access and enforcement issues, infrastructure replacement and planning applications. They can even advise on travel planning and sustainable transport for those people on your site that do not arrive by car.
After careful research and evaluation of your site and the issues you face, The Parking Consultancy will be able to advise you on the best ways to maximise your income, how best to overcome your shortages in parking, the best parking infrastructure for your site (whether it is access control equipment or payment machines), signage, new technology and even parking enforcement.
Because they understand just how emotive parking really is, they even have experts trained in the art of consultation, so that they can discuss the issues and solutions with your stakeholders to make any changes go through just that bit more smoothly.
Furthermore, the fact that they are a small, specialist consultancy, rather than a department in a larger firm, means that they can be flexible in their approach to suit your needs and, as they have few overheads, they are extremely cost-effective. Their help may cost a lot less than you might think.
Several healthcare sites have already sought their help, including Colchester General, Nottingham University Hospitals Trust and Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust. You could be next.
See what two of their clients have to say:
“Having worked with The Parking Consultancy over the last two years they have provided excellent support, technical guidance and their knowledge of the parking industry has been invaluable in procuring a suitable mixed methods solution to address the onsite parking issues the Trust had at Colchester Hospital” (David Cohen, Capital Project Manager, East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust)
“The Parking Consultancy has undertaken work for the University of Birmingham on a couple of occasions in the last 2 years. Their practical and pragmatic approach to our challenges always provides the sensible solution. Their experience and knowledge of the sector and their network always reassures that you are getting the best and most up to date advice. I would have no hesitation in recommending Ian’s services as a professional parking consultant.” (Gail Eagles, General Manager Support Services, University of Birmingham)
So, what do you do now? You can contact Ian Goodwin on 01430 650343 / 07410 117113 or by email for an informal chat about the parking problems you are facing and a free quote for the work that you need undertaken. Or if you want to find out more, why not visit their website.