Eastern Health introduces new parking system at Health Sciences Centre

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Eastern Health's new, automated parking system will go into operation Tuesday at the Health Sciences Centre.

With metered parking eliminated, the cost now to park in the hospital's main lot will be 25 cents for 20 minutes or 75 cents an hour, up to a maximum of $12 a day.

According to Eastern Health, an additional 273 parking spaces, previously used by staff but made available to patients and visitors since March, have been converted to a long-term patient/visitor parking lot with a flat parking rate of $5.

Staff parking has been relocated to the parking garage at the corner of Clinch Crescent and Arctic Avenue, which was funded by the provincial government and is operated and maintained by Memorial University Newfoundland (MUN).

The new system involves an automated arm and a payment kiosk system, which eliminates the need to regularly feed meters when visiting the General Hospital, the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre and the Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Centre.

Eastern Health says users can pay through a variety of methods, such as cash or major credit cards.

 “The purpose of installing the new pay-on-foot parking system is to offer patients and visitors greater access to parking at the Health Sciences Complex,” said George Butt, vice-president of corporate services. “The new parking operation also provides our patients and their visitors with an easy-to-use payment system, where payments can either be made at the kiosk by the main lot exit, or inside the Health Sciences Centre at accessible and convenient locations. The automated pay systems inside the Health Sciences Centre are located in the main hallway near the main entrance and the adult emergency department entrance.”

Eastern Health says the installation of the new parking system was as a direct result of previous concerns raised by patients, visitors and the general public with regards to the inconvenience of metered parking at hospital facilities.

 “The new parking operation is easy-to-use, and is very similar to the St. John’s airport parking system,” said Joe Dunford, director of infrastructure support. “Essentially, drivers receive a ticket when they enter the parking lot, and then present the ticket at one of the three exit stations when they leave, or one of the three automated pay-on-foot systems inside the Health Sciences Centre to determine the cost for parking.”

Eastern Health continues to provide designated parking at the Health Sciences Centre for dialysis patients who receive treatment for extended periods of time and cancer volunteers who drive patients to the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre for cancer treatment.

The new parking system will be operational 24-hours a day, seven days a week, and the kiosk manned by a parking attendant from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

 More information about parking at Eastern Health facilities can be found on its website at www.easternhealth.ca.

Organizations: Health Sciences Complex, Health Sciences Centre, Memorial University Newfoundland Health Sciences Centre.With General Hospital

Geographic location: Eastern Health, Arctic Avenue

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  • SN
    October 09, 2012 - 08:25

    Actually, parking costs money at all major hospitals in Canada. The Mall covers the cost of parking because it's a place of business and all the shoppers spending their dollars are indirectly paying for the upkeep of the parking lot (paving, painting, snow clearing). I'd say these pay-on-foot systems are a benefit for anyone who is visiting with a loved one, because you don't have to keep feeding the meter. Plus it's easier if you can pay with credit card. Paying for parking is a necessary evil in our car-centric life.

  • Judy
    October 05, 2012 - 12:12

    Four years ago my mother was in the Health Science Center for over three months before she passed away and, of course, members of the family (two at a time) always stayed with her 24/7. To add to this terrible stress was the worry of the parking meters expiring and having to remember the time and then having to rush in and out numerous times in the run of a day or night in all kinds of weather because it was Winter, and also making sure that you had sufficient change on you at all times. Needless to say, we received a lot of tickets. How utterly insensitive to the sick, terminalally ill, and families. Whoever is involved with all these so-called wonderful decisions regarding the parking, just think about what people are REALLY going through, emotionally and mentally. Like others have said, shopping malls, theaters, etc., are free. Having to pay to park at a hospital of all places is absolutely dreadful and extremely stressful and worrisome.

  • Tristan Gear
    October 05, 2012 - 07:58

    You go shopping and park for free but to go to a emergency at the hospital or to visit a relative / friend you have to pay to park? Anyone see anything wrong with this or is it just me?

  • Wake Up
    October 05, 2012 - 07:10

    Charging people to park at a hospital? How sick is that! Eastern health should be ashamed to even try and implement that. You guys for real or what?

  • Sick
    October 05, 2012 - 04:06

    So to eliminate any FREE parking at the Health Sciences Center they add this beautiful feature and the staff convenienty get moved to the free parking area...there is something totally wrong with this picture...shouldn't those that are sick or have a loved one in the hospital NOT have to pay anything????? This is added stress to someone who maybe just does not have $12.00 to go visit someone for the day. This place is getting worse by the minute, think ahead to the patients and their families not what you can do to make more money off of us.

  • Not tough enough
    October 04, 2012 - 22:30

    The "boy" is not a "boy." If you are 17 years old and living on your own, you are a "man." Two years and a year of quasi-probation for murder!!! That is a joke. The judge took pity because he was a misguided and mixed up person!!! If every judge did this the prisons would be empty and blood would be flowing the streets form all the crime.

  • Fred Russell
    October 04, 2012 - 14:48

    Shouldn't parking at hospitals be free ? Its free at the Mall ? Its free at the local bars ? Cinema's ? Whats wrong with this picture ?

  • maggie
    October 04, 2012 - 14:38

    Why do governments add extra cost to the most needy people in the province sick people?

    • SC
      October 05, 2012 - 05:58

      Is the $ 2 flat fee parking lot still available - it should be - it was great. Can general public access that staff parking garage & if so, how much?