The Health Services Authority is creating a new parking area at its East End District Health Centre specifically for patients with mobility issues.

Construction of the new area started last week.

Lizzette Yearwood, chief executive officer of the Health Services Authority, said, “Accessible parking is a key factor of our patients’ experience with the organization and, in particular, those with mobility challenges. This is just one aspect of our strategic approach in considering the differing needs of disabled patients when accessing all our facilities. We will continue to make structural improvements necessary to ensure greater convenience and a more positive experience for these patients.”

Ms. Yearwood said one of the main considerations of the project is ensuring greater proximity of disabled parking spaces to the clinic’s main entrance to enable a patient to transition from a vehicle to a wheelchair close to the door.

The project also includes construction of a sheltered seating area for people waiting for their ride or waiting to be escorted.

“To our patients, we apologize for the unintended disruptions to normal clinic access, the increased noise levels and any other inconvenience you may experience during the construction phase as we work to improve our facility to better serve you,” said Ms. Yearwood.

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