A MUM has received an apology after a parking row at Sheffield hospitals meant her disabled son missed his appointment.
Leanne Murray, 30, and four-year-old son Oliver, who has cerebral palsy, could not find a free space at Sheffield Children’s Hospital before his check-up following surgery on his legs.
And when Leanne tried to park in the nearby the Hallamshire Hospital multi-storey she claims a parking attendant told her she could not use the facility if she was visiting a different hospital.
Today the mum-of-three, of Elm Lane, said: “To be told I couldn’t park in Hallamshire when I was going to the children’s hospital because I have a disabled child was heart-breaking. I didn’t know where else I could park nearby with a wheelchair so we had to miss the appointment.”
Oliver cannot walk or support his own bodyweight – which makes it difficult for the family to use public transport.
Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, apologised.
John Reid at the children’s trust said staff were ‘very aware’ of problems limited parking causes and negotiations to improve access are ongoing. Work to build a new £40 million wing of the hospital starts this year and will include underground parking for disabled families.
Neil Thompson at the teaching hospitals trust added: “Despite ongoing efforts, there are often times when demand from patients needing treatment at the Hallamshire cannot be met. This means we have no choice but to restrict parking to patients or visitors going to the Hallamshire.
“However Leanne’s circumstances were clearly exceptional. We are very sorry her experience was not as we would normally expect.”