Apology for Swansea OAP's trek to car park
HEALTH board bosses in Swansea have apologised to a pensioner after he had to take a taxi from Morriston Hospital's car park to its main building.
Hugh Jones, aged 89, of West Cross, said he took the drastic action when faced with a long trek around building work between the new multi-storey car park and the hospital entrance when attending an appointment last week.
The former Royal Navy sailor said: "I have a significant disability and can only walk with difficulty using two walking sticks.
''I had an appointment at Morriston Hospital and drove my car into the new car park.
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"I had to walk from the car park to hospital, which is a very long way. I had to stop every few yards to catch my breath and recover. Then there was the very long walk along the corridors."
Not feeling up to the return journey, Mr Jones was forced into taking drastic action.
He said: "When I came back I couldn't face the walk all the way, so I had to spend £3 on a taxi."
Mr Jones said he faces more appointments, and a taxi from his home to the hospital would cost £51, so he will be forced to do the same next time.
A spokeswoman for Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board said: "We're sorry to hear that this gentleman has been inconvenienced in this way.
''Morriston Hospital is currently undergoing a £102 million redevelopment, and work has begun on an extension which includes a new main entrance. When it is complete it will actually be much closer to the new multi-storey car park than the existing entrance is now.
"However, to enable the work to be carried out we have had to set up temporary pedestrian routes around the building site.
''We apologise to anyone who has been inconvenienced by this.
"We are doing all that we can to minimise the disruption during the redevelopment.
''This includes installing benches and covered shelters along the route from the car park to the hospital." She added: "There are also disabled spaces in the main car park, as well as others strategically placed across the hospital."
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