Letter: Both parkades at Royal Inland Hospital should be open to all

Editor:

Re: The Dec. 9 story about parking at Royal Inland Hospital (‘RIH nurses cite stress of parking’):

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Long before the pandemic arrived, I had to frequent Royal Inland Hospital.

With the transition to the new parking area, non-medical staff could no longer use the original parking area above RIH, which is now strictly for medical staff .

On one occasion, I confronted a staff member in the new parking area.

Asking why she was parking in the Clinical Services Building parkade, she politely responded with the fact she worked in the new wing of the hospital and that it was convenient and shorter to walk from the new parkade.

That response had nothing to do with walking in the dark or walking in inclement weather.

I responded that I was no longer able to park at the former parkade because it is only for staff.

I am not able-bodied, so when I arrive at RIH, it now takes me longer to get to the imaging department because the parking lot where I am to park is farther away.

I accept that because those are the rules.

Here’s a solution — open up both parkades to all who have to be at the hospital.

I know it would make my trip shorter and allow staff who work in the Clinical Services Building to park closer.

If that solution cannot be used, then staff need to follow the rules and park in their designated areas.

There are consequences when rules are broken.

Lois Ward

Kamloops

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