Time-limited parking and fines for inconsiderate drivers are being introduced at Borders General Hospital, NHS Borders has announced.
The health board state that the move is in response to safety concerns.
A statement issued by NHS Borders said: “Inappropriate parking across the BGH site is a major problem, making it difficult to drive around car parks, and causing concerns about the safety of our patients and staff.”
The parking restrictions will come into force before the end of the year, but a four-hour maximum stay limit will only apply in certain car parks at the hospital.
Calum Campbell, NHS Borders chief executive said: “Inconsiderate and inappropriate parking on the Borders General Hospital site is increasing and is putting people at risk.
“In recognising this we are taking proactive action to address the problems that are being experienced.
“Compliance with the new arrangements will improve patient and staff safety and enhance the patient experience when visiting the hospital.”
The designated short stay parking will be enforced between 8am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, and it is hoped will increase the availability of parking close to the hospital for patients and visitors.
The changes will also see fines dished out to drivers who park ‘incorrectly’, including on footpaths, yellow lines, ambulance bays and grassed areas.
There will be an initial grace period following the implementation of the changes, after which fines will be issued.