Extra car parks weeks away for Christchurch Hospital staff

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10 July 2018

Michael Hayward - Stuff

More Christchurch Hospital staff car parking at the Metro Sports Facility site is weeks away from opening, while an existing park is being opened to students on night shifts.

The extra spaces follow staff pleas for more nearby parking due to the safety concerns of late-night shift workers. Over the past three years, there have been five reported incidents including an assault leaving a student nurse wounded in April.

In May, more than 200 temporary parks were promised for an area of land next to an existing staff car park on the Metro Sports Facility site, to be available for one to two years.

A Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) spokeswoman said 170 additional secure parks would be offered to staff, and would start being used “over the coming weeks”.

The parks were expected to be available until August 2019, with some available until March 2020. They would be available 24 hours a day.

The extra spaces would clear the majority of the current staff parking waiting list. The CDHB was in the process of contacting staff on the list to offer them a space.

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