IN a move to relieve congestion and improve the chaotic traffic situation, Shenzhen People's Hospital has canceled ground parking and designated lanes respectively for ambulances, taxis and private cars to drop off and pick up patients in a quick manner, according to a traffic improvement measure that takes effect today.
Drivers can drop off and pick up patients at the "quick access" area, while a green passage has been designated linking the entrance to the hospital with the inpatient treatment building to give priority to ambulances.
Those drivers who need to park their vehicles are advised to use nearby parking places at Yayuan Hotel and Wenjin Square, or use the underground parking places at the hospital, according to a release from the city's transport commission.
The traffic improvement plan, made by transport and traffic authorities, is aimed at improving the parking and traffic situation at the hospital, which has worsened due to limited space.
As one of the earliest top hospitals in Shenzhen, Shenzhen People's Hospital, which is currently under expansion, has three major problems, namely the shortage of green passages for emergency treatment, and the shortage of pick-up and drop-off places for taxis and private cars. This led to a chaotic traffic situation around the hospital, especially during rush hours.
Statistics showed the limited parking spaces at the hospital would be fully occupied between 7:30 a.m. and 8 a.m., so vehicles going to the hospital had to wait in long lines that occupied lanes on Dongmen Road North and caused serious congestion.
Sometimes the vehicles would have to wait for one or two hours to get into the hospital, which handles 8,000 to 10,000 clinical visits and houses 2,000 inpatients.
Shenzhen transport commission has had a coordinated mechanism setup since 2016 to alleviate the chaotic traffic situations inside and outside hospitals. Similar measures at Peking University Shenzhen Hospital and Sun Yat-sen Cardiovascular Hospital have proved effective, according to the commission.
Earlier this June, the city's development and reform commission introduced a differentiated fare mechanism to relieve parking difficulties and make full use of the limited parking resources for patients among six hospitals including Shenzhen People's Hospital.
Vehicles parking for nontreatment purposes will be charged 15 yuan (US$2.27) for the first hour between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., and an additional 3 yuan for every additional 30 minutes. If a car is parked at the hospital for 12 hours, the driver will need to pay 81 yuan.
Vehicles parking for treatment purposes will be charged 10 yuan per vehicle per day during the peak period between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Motorists can show their clinic or inpatient receipt or medical record to enjoy the low price.
The rise in the parking fee is to drive away drivers who are not seeking treatment, but park their vehicles in hospital parking lots, which are generally located in downtown or other busy areas.