Hospital access nightmare

Lee-Anne Butler

LIVES are at risk due to congestion and inaccessibility in Durban Road – one of Port Elizabeth’s busiest roads – according to a major city hospital and the ambulance services that transport patients there.

The road, which hosts hundreds of business owners and stall traders, has been problematic in terms of health standards, crime and congestion for decades.

Life Mercantile Hospital spokeswoman Tamara Ncanywa said the facility was concerned because the congestion, inaccessibility and filth in the road all reflected negatively on the hospital.

“Peak hours like 8am and 5pm are the problematic times. One waits long until one has the right of way to gain entrance to the hospital – and that includes ambulances. Entering and exiting the hospital is a huge difficulty.

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