Health campus traffic fix
THE Mid North Coast Local Health Network says it has strategies in place for parking and traffic flow to benefit patients and staff at the Coffs Coast Health Campus.
Doctors at the campus recently raised concerns about access to the busy health facility and inadequate parking for visitors and staff, especially in light of the new specialist health facility now under construction, which will share the access road, asking Coffs Harbour City Council for urgent action to correct the problem.
A spokeswoman for the health network said patient safety at the Coffs campus was supported by a back-up access road, and the hospital could use a service road at the rear of the facility for safe and efficient hospital access and traffic management.
“Future provision of an additional full public access road at the rear of the facility was identified during the initial planning process,” she said.
“Any major road works would need to be considered by the relevant government departments.
“In relation to car parking, a section of land was resurfaced in May last year and currently offers 70 spaces which staff can use for all-day parking.
“A further portion of land currently owned by the Coffs Harbour City Council has been identified for possible future use as a car park, once planning approvals and additional works are undertaken.
“A Coffs Harbour Health Campus car parking working group provides advice on managing the available space.
“Identification and implementation of additional strategies to improve access to car parking at the health campus is an ongoing process and will be undertaken in consultation with all stakeholders, including staff and the Coffs Harbour City Council."