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NHS nurse slapped with parking ticket while visiting sick patient

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nottinghampost.- A nurse visiting a sick patient in Basford was handed a parking ticket for being two minutes late – even though his vehicle displayed a key worker badge.

District nurse Andy Rock, 46, of Selston, said it sends out the wrong message to health care workers who are already doing a tough job under a great deal of strain.

He said since GP practices started carrying out telephone consultations with patients, the workload has increased as nurses are sent out for more home visits.

He parked his car in Nottingham Road at around 3.30pm on October 23 to visit a poorly patient and checked to see if he could park on the street.

The appointment took longer than 30 minutes, when he should have returned to his vehicle, and was given a £70 parking ticket at 4.02pm.

He told Nottinghamshire Live: “We go around to people’s houses and you can’t always guarantee how long you are going to be there.

“When I came out of the property at 4.02pm I saw the traffic warden walking up the road and then drive off.

“I had an NHS key worker sign in my window but they did not take that into consideration. I am just trying to get to people’s homes.

“If I was 10 minutes over, I would say ‘it is my fault I should not have parked there’ but everyone I speak too thinks two minutes is too harsh.

“We are under a lot of pressure each day but they don’t care what you do or who you are.”

Mr Rock, who has been a nurse for more than two years, visits patients with a range of conditions, from end of life care, dressing wounds, insulin and placing catheters.

He says he appealed the fine, but it was rejected, and he was ordered to pay £35 in a certain number of days to avoid the maximum penalty of £70.

He said: “Sometimes you are in a house for 10 minutes, other times one hour to two hours and we can see 14 to 15 patients a day.

“We have had a lot more because they used to go to the clinic but GPs are not seeing patients as much and doing consultations on the phone.

“It is a very difficult time for everyone and we have patients that are self-isolating that are worried about going to an appointment and worried about getting Covid.

“You have got enough to think about rather than worrying about getting a ticket.

“I feel like we need to all work together and this feels like I have been stabbed in the back. There was no kindness or respect, that is what I am annoyed about.

“I just think they need to rethink how they are issuing these tickets, especially with the Covid situation.”

A spokesman for Nottingham City Council said: “Our officers correctly issued this penalty charge notice because Mr Rock’s car was parked on a single yellow line on a busy route where there is no stopping or loading at peak times.

“However, our NHS staff are doing a brilliant job in incredibly difficult circumstances and so on this occasion, we have decided to overturn the fine and we offer him our apologies for any distress or inconvenience caused.”