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NHS nurse in tears as she finds ‘mean’ message on car after 11-hour hospital shift

A nurse said she was left in tears after finding a “mean” note on the windscreen of her car after an exhausting 11-hour shift.

The health worker said she often leaves her home two hours before starting to work every day to try and find a parking space near Castle Hill Hospital in Cottingham, East Yorkshire.

She told Hull Live that one day she was forced to park far from the hospital and had to walk 20 minutes to go to work after driving in vain around the site for 40 minutes.

But when she returned to her car at the end of her shift, she was heartbroken to see a note on the windscreen.

The handwritten message read: “This is not the hospital car park.”

At the end of her shift, she found this note on her car
At the end of her shift, she found this note on her car

The nurse’s husband explained that finding a parking space on site is challenging and said the situation is driving him “insane”.

He said: “This is not acceptable and these people with nothing better to do need to get a grip and realise that none of the nurses or NHS staff in general want to park 20 minutes away from the hospital.”

He explained his wife resorted to using a nearby residential street as she had “no other option”.

He added: “She has come home upset and stressed which is heartbreaking to see and also infuriating that these people are probably the same ones who clapped on a Thursday night, and yet could treat our hero nurses like this.”

The nurse works at Castle Hill Hospital
The nurse works at Castle Hill Hospital

He is calling for the hospital trust to urgently address the lack of parking, saying: “The bigger picture is that there needs to be adequate parking for the staff as this is not a new issue, parking is horrendous daily for our nurses.

“It needs addressing, especially now they are being charged for the privilege again. Absolute joke, this person should be embarrassed.”

The nurse’s friend also shared the note on a Cottingham community Facebook page, writing: “This nurse had been on a shift and was extremely tired and very tearful to find this note left for her.

“She had driven round the hospital car park for 40 mins this morning trying to find a space. With no spaces left to park in, she gave up and found a space down a side street, making her 15 mins late for work!

“What are they meant to do? Go home? No, as you’d have no nurses to look after you!

“These are public roads which anyone can park on. She was not blocking any drive and is extremely upset. I’m really surprised people can be so mean.”

Residents of The Wolds of Cottingham complained earlier this week that nurses are using their street as a “park and ride” to avoid parking charges after the NHS trust re-introduced parking charges for staff.

Hull University Teaching Hospitals Trust has put in place a criteria which staff will need to meet to receive free or drastically reduced parking.

As part of the new system the trust is introducing, most frontline staff will still qualify for free parking as will those who live some distance away or carry out shift work.

The trust says it is providing other schemes and discounts to encourage staff to walk, cycle in or use public transport.

But hospital workers have hit out at the system, saying the lowest paid, such as admin workers and cleaners, will be hardest hit and will have to fork out £25 a week for parking.

The trust said it is working with East Riding Council to explore options for solving the ongoing problem, adding that building a multi-storey facility is one of numerous options put forward by staff, but costs could be around £10m.

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