Scunthorpe Hospital parking received disabled friendly status

Disabled Friendly Status

The parking facilities at Scunthorpe General Hospital just received a disabled friendly status. The award came when Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust was given the Disabled Parking Accreditation (DPA) from Disabled Motoring UK.

In order to meet the criteria car parks need to have satisfactory reachable bays, clear signage, good access and decent lighting. Facilities also must offer accessible pay machines and offer enforcement so bays are not harmed by non-disabled people.

The DPA initially aimed at improving parking for disabled people and reducing harm of disabled bays.

The Equality Act 2010 declares that service to the public providers need to make practical adjustments reasonable changes and get rid of the barriers which could discriminate disabled people.

"We are committed to providing high quality parking facilities for our disabled patients, staff and visitors and are delighted to have met the standards for this accreditation." – said Keith Fowler, head of facilities at the Trust. Phil Whale, car parking and security manager said: "This is the second award we have received for parking in the last year which shows our commitment to improving our parking facilities."

The Trust was one of the first ones in England to be awarded the Professionalism in Parking Accreditation from the British Parking Association.

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