Almost 12 months ago now, I wrote to Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital management, raising my concerns regarding pedestrian safety. As often happens with these large faceless organisations, I received no response. Never deterred by stonewalling I wrote again, just in case the first letter didn’t get there, however this time I hand delivered it. Yet again, no response, so then I wrote to the hospital trust HQ in Lincoln. This time, albeit after a period of some 8 months, I received a letter stating that, having consider my points, they would indeed be taking steps to improve the situation.
Although it may sound like it, I’m not actually out to blow my own trumpet, but simply to point out that it sometimes takes more than one go to get an answer, let alone to get something fixed. If at first you don’t succeed and all that.
What was I complaining about? Next time you go to the Pilgrim Hospital and park in the main car park, take note of the bit where you have to cross the road to get to the main entrance. Assuming the new signage hasn’t been installed, take note of the care, or more accurately, lack of it, taken by some drivers as you attempt to walk across the raised road section between the car park and the approach to the hospital’s main entrance.
About 2 years ago it was necessary for us to visit the hospital every week for nearly 6 months, so we became very familiar with the selfish attitude of some drivers when using this piece of road. The raised road surface and some signs, were supposed to alert drivers to pedestrians crossing and that they (the drivers) should therefore give them priority – this was often not the case. Having witnessed at least two near misses, one involving my wife, I decided enough was enough, hence my letters to the hospital management.
Although I didn’t get the type of signs I wanted, ‘STOP – Give way to pedestrians at all times’, I did convince them to change the existing signs for something more prominent. A red square with white lettering. I just hope it doesn’t take them another 12 months to put them in place!