Thunder Bay hospital solves patient drop-off problem

Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre says it has resolved a patient drop-off hassle in its driveway.

'Assisted pick-up and drop-off lane' allows drivers to park for a maximum of 10 minutes

A couple of months ago, Thunder Bay's hospital drew complaints when it started cracking down on stopped cars at its main entrance because they were parked in a fire route. (CBC)

Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre says it has resolved a patient drop-off hassle in its driveway.

Last spring, the hospital hospital drew complaints from people dropping off and picking up patients when it started cracking down on stopped cars at its main entrance because the driveway was actually a fire lane.

A security guard was stationed to redirect drivers to the parking lot. 

In May, Peter Myllymaa, the Regional's executive vice-president of Corporate Services and Operations, pledged to work with Thunder Bay Fire Rescue to deal with the issue.

On Tuesday, a hospital spokesperson confirmed that Myllymaa had issued an internal memo announcing the solution. 

"We learned from the input of the hospital architect that the front entrance fire lane exceeded the Building Code requirements," the memo said. "Therefore, there was much support and rationale to re-designated the route."

The memo said the driveway in front of the hospital's main entrance will be an "assisted pick-up and drop-off lane," with a maximum parking time of 10 minutes. 

The fire lane is now a different section of the driveway, with the primary fire access route remaining at the east entrance going into the cafeteria.

Drivers can park for a maximum of 10 minutes at the main entrance of the Thunder Bay hospital to help patients into the building. A different section of the driveway is the designated fire route. (Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre)

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