McKillop and Fullerton: Hospital Parking – Do We Have Your Attention?

While Ottawa as a city has improved the opportunities for public transportation, and many people are switching away from driving in their own car, this is not an option for everyone who comes to the hospital.

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It seems hard to believe that when it comes to Ottawa Hospital’s new Civic development, one of the largest and most important construction projects in our region’s history, the most popular topic of conversation right now is parking. But while parking is often everyone’s least favorite part about getting to the hospital, it’s one of the most important.

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When you get to the hospital, parking is something you typically do not think about right away until you get there, and that’s all you can think about. The stress of finding and paying for parking at the hospital is something many patients unfortunately have to deal with when they arrive. This is the most common complaint we get from patients and we think it should be the last thing they think about.

The trip to the hospital starts long before the patient (finally) finds a parking space. An important part of integrating a hospital into a city center is how easily it is accessible from a major road or highway. The Civic campus at Ottawa Hospital is the trauma center for the entire region. Those in need of emergency trauma care are coming to the new civic development. It is crucial that ambulances can get from the highway to the hospital quickly and efficiently.

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When you get to the hospital, parking is something you typically do not think about right away until you get there, and that’s all you can think about.

For those who drive themselves or their loved ones to the hospital for all other forms of care, easy access from major roads is just as important. The hospital must be easy to find, easily accessible and easy to navigate. Once taken care of, a hospital should have plenty of parking facilities for patients. These are just some of the reasons why the John Carling site is ideal.

While Ottawa as a city has improved its options for public transportation, and many people are switching away from driving in their own car to relying on public transportation, this is not an option for everyone who comes to the hospital.

Every year, more than one million patients come to Ottawa Hospital for life-saving treatment, many of whom travel from remote areas. The hospital serves patients from across the Champlain region as well as Nunavut and western Quebec. That means patients drive here from as far west as Pembroke and the Deep River, all the way east to Hawkesbury and down to Kemptville and Cornwall.

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Many patients drive for more than two hours to get to the hospital. When they arrive from a long journey and prepare for the treatment they are about to receive, the last thing they need to worry about is parking.

The proposed design for the new location currently has 2,500 parking spaces available for patients, in a facility that is half underground and half above ground. We believe that these easily accessible parking spaces are essential to provide the best possible patient experience.

The patient experience starts long before the patient arrives at the waiting room. It’s all about the patient’s journey to and from the hospital. We want to ensure that our patients who come to Ottawa Hospital have the best possible experience, and extensive parking options make it possible.

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Dr. Graeme McKillop is Chief of Staff at Almonte General Hospital and Dr. Jamie Fullerton is Chief of Staff at Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital. This article has also been signed by the following Chiefs of Staff:

Dr. Christine Schriver, Arnprior & District Memorial; Dr. Shaun McGuire, Bruyère continues to care: Dr. Lindy Samson, TITLE: Dr. Lorne Scharf, Cornwall Community; Dr. Hanene Ben Amor, Deep River District Hospital; Dr. Vidhya Nair, EORLA; Dr. Nadia Kucherepa, Glengarry Memorial Hospital; Dr. Julie Maranda, Hawkesbury & District General; Dr. Colin Sentong, Kemptville District; Dr. Stéphane Roux, Montfort; Dr. Thomas Hurley, Pembroke Regional; Dr. Kathi Kovacs, Queensway Carleton; Dr. Steve Radke, Renfrew Victoria Hospital; Dr. Raj Bhatla, The Royal; Dr. Jason Malinowski, St. Francis Memorial Hospital; Dr. Virginia Roth, Ottawa Hospital; Dr. Brian Devin, Winchester District Memorial Hospital.

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