Parking Passes For Dialysis & Chemotherapy Patients At PDH

Wednesday, 27 April 2016
People undergoing life-saving chemotherapy and dialysis treatment at Portland District Health (PDH) can now rest easy about parking.

PDH and Glenelg Shire Council have joined forces to introduce parking passes for patients who are undergoing treatment.

The passes will allow patients to stay in the two-hour parks close to the hospital entrance for up to 24 hours and not be fined.

Lisa Barby Acting Nursing Unit Manager for the dialysis and chemotherapy unit, Lisa Barby, said the new permit system removed a potential source of stress for patients.

Some patients come in for longer treatments, some drive themselves and some come from out of town and need to stay for more than the normal two hour parks, Ms Barby said.

Treatment times can vary and some chemo patients may be here all day, she said.

It was difficult for people to find somewhere to park.

There are now 10 parking permits available to be displayed on car windscreens while patients are in hospital for treatment.

PDH is keeping a log book of the permits and will inform patients about the service.

Glenelg Shire Council CEO Greg Burgoyne said the council was pleased to provide patients with free parking.

It is difficult enough for patients having treatment which can be an emotional and stressful time and parking should be as easy as possible, he said.

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