Northampton mum has parking appeals turned down after leaving car to rush baby with meningitis to hospital

Daniel Lewis
Daniel Lewis
  • Mum rushed her baby to hospital from 24-hour GP centre
  • Doctor assured her it was fine to leave her car at the centre
  • She was handed a £90 parking charge and has had two appeals rejected

A mum from Northamptonshire got a £90 parking fine after leaving her car at a GP surgery so she could rush her son to hospital.

The woman, who has asked not to be named, went to the out-of-hours GP centre in Cliftonville, Northampton at about 11pm fearing her 19-week-old baby, called Daniel was seriously ill.

I understood that driving to the doctor was helpful to the NHS because it meant not needlessly tying up a paramedic

Daniel’s mum

A doctor examined Daniel and advised the mum to take him immediately to Northampton General Hospital, which shares the same site, and leave her car at the centre.

On collecting her car she saw a penalty notice on the windscreen, but assumed her explanation to an appeals panel would see the charge rescinded.

But she has now lost two appeals and is being asked to pay £90.

She said: “I can’t understand why I’m not a special case. Apart from the fact my son had bacterial meningitis and I couldn’t leave him, I was told by the doctor it was okay.

“I understood that driving to the doctor was helpful to the NHS because it meant not needlessly tying up a paramedic. Perhaps I should have called an ambulance.”

The mum has been trying since Daniel was taken ill on January 8 to get the charge overturned.

Successive appeals to Smart Parking, which administers the car park at the out-of-hours centre, and the independent panel POPLAR were both rejected,, she said.

Integrated Care 24, which runs the out-of-hours centre, said it had not been contacted by either panel to check the mum’s story but would now see if they could corroborate her version of events.

Smart Parking could not be reached for a comment.