Last week saw the completion of an additional long stay car park (Car Park 8) open for use at the Borders General Hospital.

These additional 38 long stay spaces which have been welcomed by both staff and patients will free up more short stay spaces situated closer to the hospital for patients and visitors to use during clinic and visiting times.

The changes made in November 2013 to how parking is managed on the Borders General Hospital site followed safety concerns raised by patients, visitors and staff. In particular the amount of inappropriate parking across the BGH site had become a major problem, making it difficult to drive around car parks, and causing concerns about the safety of our patients, visitors and staff.

Eighteen months later there is a noticeable improvement in the way vehicles are being parked.

Evelyn Rodger, Interim Director of Acute Services said: “We have a responsibility for the care and wellbeing of service users and staff. Inconsiderate and inappropriate parking on the Borders General Hospital site was increasing and was putting people at risk. In recognising this we took proactive action to address the problems that were being experienced and we continue to monitor the use of the car parks to allow further developments, such as creating these additional spaces.

NHS Borders remains committed to the national policy for free parking at hospitals and car parking continues to be free at the BGH.”

For more information on the car parking arrangements at the Borders General Hospital please visit our going to hospital pages on this website.