Waldron wants GAA/HSE partnership to solve hospital parking problem

Independent councillor Anthony Waldron has this week called on the HSE and Roscommon GAA to work together in order to solve the current parking issues at Roscommon University Hospital.

Cllr Waldron believes the development of parking facilities on hospital grounds close to the Golf Links Road would benefit patients, visitors and also match-goers at Dr Hyde Park.

Speaking to the Roscommon People this week he said: “A number of people have approached me in the last couple of months in regards to parking at the hospital. Recently I met a person in a wheelchair who was forced to park near Dr Hyde Park on a very bad day. That’s not acceptable and whilst all the great work that’s going on at the hospital is very welcome, parking is an issue that needs to be addressed”.

“There are options and there are lands that are available that could be developed. I’ve sent a number of emails to the HSE in that regard and I’m now waiting for a response. I’d like to see Roscommon University Hospital, Roscommon GAA and Roscommon County Council coming together to sort out this problem”.

Cllr Waldron believes the availability of further car parking spaces would also ensure the continued development of the hospital.

“I think this could work very well with the GAA because major games are on Saturdays and Sundays and hospital parking is used for these. During the week, people visiting the hospital use the Hyde for parking so I’m sure they could come to an agreement on both sides,” he said.

“With its central location and the continued development of services at Roscommon University Hospital, I believe it could take a lot of the pressure off A&E units in other hospitals around the country. We want to prepare for these developments, and so parking and other facilities need to be there too”.