Drivers visiting Rotherham Hospital are in safe hands as its car parks receive the nod of approval from officials.
The British Parking Association, in partnership with South Yorkshire Police, has awarded The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust a coveted ‘Park Mark’ for the parking facilities at the town’s hospital on Moorgate Road – making it the first NHS organisation in South Yorkshire to successfully take on ‘safer parking’ principles.
In order to receive the award, the Trust has demonstrated that it has robust measures in place to keep visitors safe and secure. The Trust’s car parks and surrounding areas were assessed in terms of lighting, cleanliness and surveillance – all of which are found to deter criminal activity.
Barry Reagan, The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust’s Security Manager, said: “We are delighted to receive this accreditation and would like to extend our thanks to The British Parking Association and South Yorkshire Police who have worked closely with us to achieve this standard.
“The Trust is very active when it comes to helping to prevent crime and anti-social behaviour and we are committed to protecting patients and visitors and their belongings whilst they are on our sites.”
Chief Inspector Andy Kent, of South Yorkshire Police’s Community Safety Department, said: “We are delighted that The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust has taken this forward thinking attitude and steps to become the first Hospital site in South Yorkshire to adopt safer parking.
“It speaks volumes about their commitment to public safety and service. We fervently hope that other NHS sites will follow Rotherham’s good example.”
The Safer Parking Scheme is an initiative of the Association of Chief Police Officers aimed at reducing crime and the fear of crime in parking facilities. The scheme is managed by the British Parking Association (BPA) on behalf of Secured By Design. It is supported by the Home Office, Government and the Police Service of Northern Ireland.