Patients are set to benefit after Lambeth Council agreed new parking arrangements for nurses and health professionals who visit people at home.
In a new arrangement with St Thomas’ Hospital, district nurses and other health care professionals in Lambeth can now park on single yellow lines for up to two hours, in a change that is designed to make sure they can park near to patients’ homes and don’t miss appointments because they can’t find a parking space.
Previously, community health staff carrying out visits in Lambeth were given a parking permit which only allowed them to park in pay and display bays without paying a fee.
Councllor Jim Dickson, Lambeth Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “This is a simple change but one that should make a major difference to nurses and their patients. Health care professionals do a vital job and should be free to concentrate on providing the best possible care for local people without worrying about whether they will be able to find a parking space. I’m pleased that by working together with our partners in the NHS we have been able to make their lives easier.”
Carol Smith, Head of Nursing for Adult Services in Community Health said: “This concession is wonderful news for our patients in Lambeth. It means that community health workers will be able to deliver the best care to patients in their own homes whilst parking relatively close by, even in restricted parking areas.”
Cllr Ed Davie, Chair of Lambeth’s health scrutiny committee, said: “I was very happy to help bring about this move which I hope will just be the beginning of the council and our NHS partners working more closely together to provide better and more efficient care for residents.”
Concessions do not apply on yellow lines where there are loading restrictions, resident parking bays or double yellow lines.