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Parking restrictions eased for district nurses in south London

Lambeth Council has agreed new parking arrangements for nurses and other health professionals who visit patients at home.

In a new arrangement with St Thomas’ Hospital, district nurses and other health care professionals in Lambeth can now park on single yellow lines for up to two hours.

The change is designed to make sure they can park near to patients’ homes and do not miss appointments because they cannot find a parking space. Previously, community nurses were given a parking permit that only allowed them to park in pay and display bays without paying a fee.

Counsellor Jim Dickson, Lambeth Council’s cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “This is a simple change but one that should make a major difference to nurses and their patients.

“Healthcare professionals do a vital job and should be free to concentrate on providing the best possible care for local people without worrying about whether they will be able to find a parking space.”

Carol Smith, head of nursing for Lambeth’s adult services in community health, described the concession as “wonderful news”.

“It means that community health workers will be able to deliver the best care to patients in their own homes whilst parking relatively close by, even in restricted parking areas,” she said.

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