What is the issue ?
Parking problems at the Royal Berkshire Hospital has become a major problem. It is affecting volunteer drivers from all the various community transport schemes that do their best to help elderly and/or disabled vulnerable people attend their appointments. This causes stress for the drivers and the patients
What was the trial ?
Roger Kemp, Healthwatcher volunteer driver, negotiated for a trial period, six badges allowing access to two spaces, designated as volunteer parking, in the mainly staff car park adjacent to Outpatient
What were the results of the trial ?
In total, our drivers made 756 trips to Royal Berkshire Hospital in 2015-16, increasing to 797 in 2016-17.
The six drivers with passes, who represent 11% of our total drivers, accounted for around 40% of the RBH drives in this period.
The two designated spaces have made a huge difference to volunteers drivers.