Borders Hospital parking row

Staff at Borders General Hospital have taken to Facebook to complain about changes to the hospital car parks.

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Hospital traffic has 'huge potential for an accident'

People living by the Borders General Hospital are concerned at the increasing amount of traffic in the ares since changes to the hospital's parking have come into force.

Some members of hospital staff have been parking in Darnick.

"Normally there wouldn't be any cars here at all, so the volume of cars has dramatically increased. There is lots of people of a morning who is actually struggling to find a place, driving around moving, this is a route school children use safely to school, this is a bus route as well. Buses are having to reverse, I have heard, and actually can't get up and down easily. So there is a huge potential for an accident".

– Bridget Khursheed, Chair of Darnick Village Trust

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Hospital parking is 'easier and safer for patients'

NHS Borders says its new parking arrangements at Borders General Hospital are permanent, despite complaints from staff.

Workers at the hospital have started parking on grass verges and in nearby villages to avoid fines after two of the hospital's six car parks were turned into short stay areas.

They've also started a social media campaign.

Hospital bosses say the changes make parking easier and safer for patients.

Calum Campbell, Chief Executive at NHS Borders spoke with ITV Border:

'Parking Fiasco' at Borders General Hospital

Staff at Borders General Hospital have taken to Facebook to complain about changes to the hospital car parks.

Two of the six car parks have been changed to short stay, making it easier for patients to park for an appointment.

However, staff say the move has left them with nowhere to park in hospital grounds, and are now finding other areas to park for the day.

The Facebook Group 'BGH Parking Fiasco' says "staff can no longer park in the ground without potentially being fined £40-£90 for coming to work to save lives and look after people".

NHS Borders say there is plenty of parking provision, with 1,000 spaces available for staff and patients.

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