Patients ‘waiting in the cold’ for buses at St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester

Southbourne resident Jim Ritson, 84, says patients at St Richard's Hospital in Chichester have to wait for buses in the cold and rain with no shelter in place SUS-150324-171351001
Southbourne resident Jim Ritson, 84, says patients at St Richard's Hospital in Chichester have to wait for buses in the cold and rain with no shelter in place SUS-150324-171351001

A SOUTHBOURNE man has called it a ‘disgrace’ that sick and elderly people at St Richard’s Hospital are forced to wait in the cold for buses.

A half hourly service picks up and drops off from the Chichester hospital but there is no bus shelter and Jim Ritson, 84, from Southbourne says he regularly sees patients braving bad conditions as they wait.

“I’ve been a regular visitor at the hospital recently and I constantly see people who have just been treated forced to wait outside,” said Jim Ritson

“There’s no real shelter there at all and when it’s blowing a hoolie it’s horrible.

“I recently saw a woman who had just been discharged for a chest problem waiting for a bus in the rain which was a worry.

“It’s not a real problem for me, I’m OK, but I’m just thinking about all the elderly and disabled people who use the hospital shivering in the cold.

“It’s a major hospital and I think they should have a proper shelter there. It’s disgraceful really.”

Jim says he’s spoken to the hospital, the bus company and Chichester District Council, who he claims have all passed the buck.

A Chichester District Council spokesperson said: “Unfortunately, we do not have any funding for new bus shelters, unless they are introduced as part of a new development.

“When a new development is built, we are able to access Section 106 funding, which is money that developers have to pay towards community facilities.”

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