Brockville General Hospital (BGH) asking for community’s support to accommodate patients and visitors with mobility issues and/or accessible parking permits
Construction on the Hospital’s new entryway to the patient drop off begins, as part of the Charles Street site redevelopment project. In this phase, spaces in the adjacent Emergency/visitor parking lot have been reduced by nearly half, causing challenges for patients and visitors with mobility issues.
“For persons with mobility issues, locating parking close to the hospital can often be challenging, time consuming, and stressful,” shares Kristi Carter, patient relations representative at BGH. “As we progress on our construction project, we’d like to ask the community for their support to keep spaces closest to the building available to those who require them most.”
Ambulatory patients and visitors are asked to use the new parking lot, located at the northern section of the property. This frees up accessible parking access closer to the building for anyone with mobility needs.
BGH’s new north lot opened on September 3, accommodating over 100 public spaces and 375 staff spaces. Upon completion of the construction project, this parking lot will be designated a staff only lot. BGH will have 190 public parking spots beside the new tower, including 18 designated for accessible parking permit holders. An additional 28 short term spots will be made available near the main entrance, neighboring the new patient tower. In the Emergency/visitor lot, 72 parking spots will be available in the lower section and 11 spots will be available in the upper section. Accessible parking and expectant mother/newborn designated parking will be available in this lot.
“Until these designated spaces become available, we ask that the community allow those with mobility issues to have the priority parking in our Emergency/visitor parking lot,” asks Carter.
Over the coming months, the community can expect to see enhancements begin on the main entrance area, including a larger, covered patient drop off zone and added central visitor parking. For step-by-step directions to visitor parking in the north lot, including illustrated maps, please visit www.brockvillegeneralhospital.ca/en/visiting/parking.
For information on BGH’s redevelopment project, visit www.brockvillegeneralhospital.ca/redevelopment.
Our entrance roadway, formerly Charles Street, will be reduced to one lane to enable construction crews to complete work building a new electrical substation. As a result, traffic will be detoured to the emergency vehicle entrance, located off of Ormond Street. Work is expected to take 6-8 weeks.
Entering the campus
Patients wishing to park onsite can access the emergency/visitor lot from Ormond Street only.
Visitors dropping off patients will be asked to use the emergency vehicle entry lane, located off Ormond Street, and follow traffic signs to return to Ormond Street or the visitor parking lot.
Staff, physicians and volunteers with parking permits for the visitor lot may enter the lot off of Ormond Street, located beside the emergency vehicle entry lane.
There is no change for emergency vehicles. Ambulances will continue to use the emergency vehicle entry lane, located off Ormond Street.
To ensure everyone’s safety, please follow all posted signs.
- A speed limit of 20KM/hour will be implemented across the Charles Street property.
- For pedestrian safety, speedbumps will be installed near the emergency entrance.
- Additional signage at any entry/exit points will be installed.
Security will also be made available to assist with directing traffic.