Hospital patient given 'unbelievable' parking ticket after being rushed to A&E

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Paul Cronin was given a parking ticket while he was being treated for a heart problem. (SWNS)
Paul Cronin was given a parking ticket while he was being treated for a heart problem. (SWNS)

A hospital patient was fined for his parking while receiving emergency heart treatment – despite a note being left on his car by medical staff.

Paul Cronin, 60, called the situation "unbelievable" and "shocking" after he found the ticket on his car.

He was rushed to A&E after he visited his GP for a check-up where it was discovered his heart rate had skyrocketed to 162 beats per minute.

An ambulance was called and Cronin was taken to Warwick Hospital leaving his car behind in a parking bay near Sherbourne Medical Centre in Leamington Spa.

He had paid for two hours parking, so staff at the medical centre left a note on his windscreen to explain to any parking wardens the medical emergency.

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The man was rushed to hospital after doctors found his heartbeat had soared. (PA)
The man was rushed to hospital after doctors found his heartbeat had soared. (PA)

But when Cronin returned he was left stunned to later find out from a friend he had been slapped with a fine anyway.

He has now paid the £25 fine after Warwickshire County Council claimed the note had "no validity" and "could have been placed there by anybody".

Cronin, who suffers from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, has expressed his anger over receiving the ticket.

He said: "It was unbelievable. The situation had been explained to the traffic warden through the sign on the car and staff had come out to talk to them.

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"But they still put the ticket on the car anyway.

"From my point of view sat in A&E and being told I have heart issues and then told you have a parking ticket was shocking.

"A humane element was missing in all this. I am going to appeal."

Paul had to undergo an atrial flutter ablation procedure – a procedure to create scar tissue within an upper chamber of the heart to stop a fluttering heartbeat.

He had to spend a further 11 days in hospital to recover from his heart procedure last month.

A council spokeswoman said one of their staff does record the presence of notes but because of the risk of it being false, they do not consider it.

They also said they do not consider notes "to avoid any allegations of favouritism".

The council also noted there is an appeals process.

The issue of parking and medical access has been debated for years.

Both regular patients and staff have long complained about the high cost of parking in hospitals.

Labour pledged to ban hospital parking charges in the 2017 election.

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