30th Sep 2021 @ 9:18 am

The carpark opposite the Emergency Department at the Dr José Molina Orosa Hospital in Arrecife has been closed down for unspecified works, causing  more congestion in the hospital area.

The car park had around 50 spaces, which generally saw a fairly rapid turnover as they were used by patients arriving for appointments or families visiting relatives. However, the closure of this parking area has caused tailbacks and congestion at the hospital entrance, on an extremely busy roundabout.

Further parking spaces situated to the east of the hospital are usually filled up by hospital staff, while the parking spaces towards the rear of the hospital outside the Consultas Externas (Outpatients) entrance are also frequently full , especially during mornings. Street parking on C/Sabin Berthelot and areas of wasteland off C/Santiago Aleman is also often congested.

The Canarian Health Council has still not clarified the reason for the closure of the parking area, although local press report that there have been previous plans to construct a building for more hospital beds as well as a zone related to Covid admissions in this space.

Meanwhile, the Cabildo has not yet arranged out a further parking area for 100 vehicles that it has pledged to build near the ITV testing centre.

There are also likely to be more temporary closures and roadworks in this general area in the future, as there are plans to transform the entire area leading from the raised roundabout over the LZ3, separating traffic directed to San Bartolomé, the hospital and the increasingly developed commercial area in Argana Alta where Decathlon and McDonalds are located.

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