|Hospital with N332 running only meters away|
The one and only road which leads to the hospital has remained unchanged since it was built 27 years ago, despite the fact that the population it serves and services offered by the hospital having multiplied considerably. The hospital can be seen from the N332 bypass and is only a few hundred metres away, but there is no direct access from it. Instead, you are forced to detour onto the old Benidorm to Villa Joyosa road, go over several roundabouts, passing the crematorium en route until you eventually come to the access road on your right - which at night is often unlit. This detour is 6 kilometers and the duration can vary depending on the time of day and traffic on the road. Heaven forbid if you are caught behind a school bus or cement mixer!
Some weeks ago there was a major collision on the N332 between a bus and car, which staff witnessed from the hospital and sounded the alarm. Ambulances were immediately dispatched, but still took a considerable time to reach the scene as they had to go back on themselves in order to get onto the N332. A 32 yr old woman driver died and two children plus the bus driver were injured, needing hospital treatment.
|Front of Villa Joyosa Hospital|
Another point worth noting is that there is hardly any public transport which serves the hospital - the only bus is the number 23 which goes to Villa Joyosa. There are no buses which come from Benidorm.... I think this is going to be my next project, trying to petition Llorente buses to extend one of the routes up to the hospital.
Perhaps if one of the local politician´s family was caught up in this "access fracas" and help was delayed due to the detour, then something would get done quicker..... but then again, they´d probably be going to Clinica Benidorm!
Villa Joyosa Hospital win an award
Reciprocal healthcare in peril?